Requiem for an Army: The Demise of the East German Military

Requiem for an Army: The Demise of the East German Military

by Dale R. Herspring

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Requiem for an Army: The Demise of the East German Military by Dale R. Herspring

Building on a strong foundation of primary sources, this unique study traces the role of East Germany's military (NVA) in the country's unification with West Germany. Utilizing interviews with and questionnaires from NVA officers, Herspring unravels the puzzle of the NVA's decision against using force to save the political system it was sworn to serve. The author also examines the integration of a select minority of officers and NCOs into the Bundeswehr. Illuminating the problems encountered by the Bundeswehr as it incorporated these individuals, Herspring constructs an ideal type of officer in one of the most politicized and tightly controlled of all communist militaries. His findings will be invaluable for all military-political specialists and for anyone interested in the process of transition from authoritarian/totalitarian to democratic systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847687183
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Dale R. Herspring is University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University.

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