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German Industry, The Cold War, And The Bundeswehr

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This chapter focuses on German dual-use capacities after 1945. Historians have generally understood McCloy's decision to release the industrialists and rearm Germany as part of the logic of the Cold War. The chapter, however, posits that this interpretation puts the cart before the horse. Before turning to the brief examination of the course of industrial demilitarization and the state of German dual-use capabilities on the eve of rearmament, three issues require clarification. First, why have historians so readily accepted the success of post-war industrial demilitarization? Here the "nobility" of the enterprise has obviously colored analysis. Wilfried Mausbach points out that the dismantling plans of the American Foreign Economic Administration represented rational strategies based on understandable national security concerns.

Keywords: Bundeswehr; Cold War; German Industry



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