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General Lucius D. Clay und die Amerikanische Deutschlandpolitik, 1945-1949
General Lucius D. Clay und die Amerikanische Deutschlandpolitik, 1945-1949
By Wolfgang Krieger
Klett-Cotta, 1987, 560 pp.

A major work, based on a thorough command of American sources, and focusing on the critical years when, under the pressure of the cold war and attendant security considerations, American occupation policy gradually changed, aiming at the construction of a West Germany integrated into NATO. This excellent study concentrates on General Clay, the famous American proconsul, whom Krieger, a young German historian, analyzes in a critical but admiring fashion. The author deliberately forswears model-building and addresses a complex, fascinating history to the general reader. A contribution to postwar history, and particularly attentive to German efforts to reconstruct the circumstances of the country's division.