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Soldiers as Citizens: Former Wehrmacht Officers in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1945-1955 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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For centuries prior to 1945, the German officer corps constituted a social and political elite in Central Europe. And as this book shows, the debacle of the Second World War, the scorn of the German populace, and the control of the Allies did not entirely diminish the officers' critical role. By tracing the changing role of the officer corps from its position in the National Socialist dictatorship to its current status in a Western-style democracy, Soldiers as Citizens illuminates both the development of a democratic ideology in the Federal Republic and the influence of warfare in German society.
 
Jay Lockenour details how former officers in West Germany founded quasi-legal organizations with memberships numbering in the hundreds of thousands; how they lobbied the German and Allied governments for their pensions, waged public relations campaigns to restore their lost "honor," and sought input into the rearmament plan after 1950; and how, as officers, they claimed to speak with the "voice of the soldier" whose wartime experiences and sacrifices earned him a special place in the new republic.
 
In Lockenour's analysis, the officer corps provides an enlightening example of a social group, ravaged by war and defeat, trying to orient itself in a hostile world. In their alternative model for democracy based on "soldierly" values, they also give us a clearer, more complex understanding of postwar history.

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By tracing the changing role of the German officer corps from its position in the National Socialist dictatorship to its current status in a Western-style democracy, Soldiers as Citizens illuminates both the development of a democratic ideology in the Federal Republic and the influence of warfare in German society.

About the Author

Jay Lockenour is an assistant professor of history at Temple University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803229402
Editor:
Lockenour, Jay
Editor:
Maslowski, Peter
Editor:
Grimsley, Mark
Editor:
Maslowski, Peter
Author:
Lockenour, Jay
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska
Location:
Lincoln
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Sociology, military
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Germany History 1945-1955.
Subject:
Sociology, Military -- Germany.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in war, society, and the military
Series Volume:
no. 41
Publication Date:
20010931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
255
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.19 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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