By Peter Duignan
The years following global warfare II witnessed might be the best good fortune tale in Western history--the financial and political restoration of eu democracies that have been devastated by means of the cataclysmic warfare. Peter Duignan and L.H. Gann convincingly show that the deep involvement of the USA used to be a key consider this good fortune. The Rebirth of the West is a wide, narrative research of each very important element of Western society in this formative period--political, financial, social, cultural, and clinical. as well as supplying an interpretive synthesis of the big literature at the topic, the authors make an immense and unique contribution to either the ancient list of this era and present debates over the way forward for Europe.
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H. Gann Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Page iv ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD PUBLISHERS, INC. Published in the United States of America by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, Maryland 20706 3 Henrietta Street London WC2E 8LU, England Copyright © 1992 by Peter Duignan and L. H. Gann First paperback edition 1996 by Rowman & Little field Publishers, Inc. First published 1992 by Blackwell Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.
The once-proud Wehrmacht became an army of war prisoners. The survivors became part of a generation which was for the most part sceptical of militant ideologies and distrustful of generals and of traditional authority. "8 There was no more room for "stab-in-the-back" legends of the kind created after World War I. Given German's all-prevailing misery, the kinds of grievance that had inspired Free Corps volunteers after World War I seemed petty and insubstantial in 1945. Hitler's grisly end, and the ignominious conduct of his surviving paladins left no room for the German equivalent of a Napoleonic legend.
The US Army in 1939, numbering 507,150 men, including regulars, National Guard, and reserves, was inferior to a host of minor powers such as Switzerland. Many of the original cadres were lost in the first disastrous campaigns against the Japanese. "14 There was a striking inequality of sacrifice within the US armed forces enhanced by a huge administrative superstructure needed to maintain the GI's relatively high living standards. As Robert Leckie points out in his fine history, rotation was not introduced until late in the war; hence the same men were again and again thrown into battle.