The Thanks of the Fatherland: German Veterans after the Second World War

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An account of the problems facing German veterans after WWII and the ways in which they were addressed in the decade following Germany's defeat. The primary focus is on the major pieces of veterans' legislation passed in the early years of the German Federal Republic. Historical context is provided by the first two chapters and the conclusion, which compares and contrasts the fate of veterans and their sociopolitical impact on German society ...
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An account of the problems facing German veterans after WWII and the ways in which they were addressed in the decade following Germany's defeat. The primary focus is on the major pieces of veterans' legislation passed in the early years of the German Federal Republic. Historical context is provided by the first two chapters and the conclusion, which compares and contrasts the fate of veterans and their sociopolitical impact on German society following the two world wars.

Originally published in 1993.

A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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An account of the problems facing German veterans after WWII and the ways in which they were addressed in the decade following Germany's defeat. The primary focus is on the major pieces of veterans' legislation passed in the early years of the German Federal Republic. Historical context is provided by the first two chapters and the conclusion, which compares and contrasts the fate of veterans and their sociopolitical impact on German society following the two world wars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807820773
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360

Meet the Author

James M. Diehl, associate professor of history at Indiana University, is author of Paramilitary Politics in Weimar Germany.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 World War I, Veterans, and the Weimar Republic 6
2 Veterans in the Third Reich 31
3 The Aftermath of War: The Occupation Years 54
4 Early and Provisional Legislation 87
5 The Federal War Victims' Benefits Law 109
6 The 131 Law 141
7 The Price of Success: The Search for New Missions 163
8 The Verband deutscher Soldaten 186
Conclusion 227
Notes 243
Bibliography 315
Index 333
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