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This introductory chapter of the book, which examines to fill one of the gaps in the current historical literature by providing a general review of one of the seminal events of the Cold War-the rearmament of the Germany in the 1940s and 1950s. Several major themes emerge from an analysis of the rearmament of Germany. The book begins with a review of the early debates about the establishment of the Bundeswehr and the organization that the new force might take. The second major theme to be discussed is the debate within West Germany, especially the long discussions about the morality and practicality of rearmament that took place within the Social Democratic Party. The third major theme to be discussed is the relationship that Germany had with the Western Powers on defense issues.

Keywords: Bundeswehr; Cold War; Germany; rearmament; Social Democratic Party



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