Germans to the Front: West German Rearmament in the Adenauer Era / Edition 3

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In Germans to the Front, David Large charts the path from Germany's total demilitarization immediately after World War II to the appearance of the Bundeswehr, the West German army, in 1956. The book is the first comprehensive study in English of West German rearmament during this critical period.
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A work that is both comprehensive and comprehensible.

International History Review

Large's book is highly recommended for readers at any level with an interest in modern Germany.


The strength of Large's book lies in its investigation of the West German debate at the institutional level.

American Historical Review

An important contribution.

Central European History

Extremely impressive, well-written, and well-researched account of a critical period in the history of modern Germany and the Cold War.

Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845394
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/1995
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University. His books include Between Two Fires: Europe's Path in the 1930s.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Germany Disarmed 13
2 The Question Is Raised 31
3 A Second Korea? 62
4 A Kind of Decision 82
5 The Only Way Out 111
6 The Politics of Equality 130
7 Treaty Ratification in West Germany 154
8 Scharnhorst Revisited: The Politics of Military Reform 176
9 The NATO Solution 205
10 The Bundeswehr Is Born 234
Conclusion 265
Notes 271
Index 311
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