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Author Krause, Scott H., author
Title Bringing Cold War democracy to West Berlin : a shared German-American project, 1940-1972 / Scott H. Krause
Imprint London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
book jacket
 Modern History Library  943.1554087 K91    AVAILABLE    30550100684024
Edition First edition
Descript xiv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Routledge studies in modern European history ; 61
Routledge studies in modern European history ; 61
Note "Within the span of a generation, Nazi Germany's former capital, Berlin, found a new role as a symbol of freedom and resilient democracy in the Cold War. This book unearths how this remarkable transformation derived from a network of liberal American occupation officials, and returned émigrés, or remigrés, of the Marxist Social Democratic Party (SPD). This network derived from lengthy physical and political journeys. After fleeing Hitler, German-speaking self-professed 'revolutionary socialists' emphasized 'anti-totalitarianism' in New Deal America and contributed to its intelligence apparatus. These experiences made these remigrés especially adept at cultural translation in postwar Berlin against Stalinism. This book provides a new explanation for the alignment of Germany's principal left-wing party with the Western camp. While the Cold War has traditionally been analyzed from the perspective of decision makers in Moscow or Washington, this study demonstrates the agency of hitherto marginalized on the conflict's first battlefield. Examining local political culture and social networks underscores how both Berliners and émigrés understood the East-West competition over the rubble that the Nazis left behind as a chance to reinvent themselves as democrats and cultural mediators, respectively. As this network popularized an anti-Communist, pro-Western Left, this book identifies how often ostracized émigrés made a crucial contribution to the Federal Republic of Germany's democratization"-- Provided by publisher
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016 under title: Outpost of freedom : a German-American network's campaign to bring Cold War democracy to West Berlin, 1933-66
Includes bibliographical references and index
Berlin, capital of ruins, 1945-1948 -- Origins of the outpost network, 1933-1949 -- Rise of the outpost narrative in the wake of the Berlin airlift, 1948-1953 -- Triple Crisis, 1953 -- Ascent to leadership, 1954-1961 -- Public acceptance and reinterpretation, 1961-1972 -- Conclusion: Excavating the outpost of freedom on the spree
Subject Berlin (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1945-1990
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Germany (West)
Germany (West) -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Germany (West)
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