Recovery and Restoration

Recovery and Restoration : U.S. Foreign Policy and the Politics of Reconstruction of West Germany's Shipbuilding Industry, 1945-1955

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Because of Germany's strong reputation in naval construction, the Allies slated the shipbuilding industry for dismantling after 1945; however, by 1955, West German shipbuilders had regained their place among the world leaders in this industry. This study traces the reconstruction through the labyrinth of Cold War diplomacy, foreign aid programs, and West German politics. By linking the histories of U.S. foreign policy, German business, and postwar Americanization, Wend demonstrates not just the impact of U.S. policy on West German reconstruction, but also the influence of local actors on the direction, implementation, and success of U.S. policies. The recovery of German shipbuilding meshed well with most of the Truman administration's critical foreign policy initiatives, including the Marshall Plan. As American commitments became globalized, the U.S. relied heavily on West German actors and their institutions for the successful implementation of its policies. In shipbuilding, this reliance strengthened the role of the industrial association, the vertical integration of shipyards with Ruhr industries, and awakened opposition of British and American interest groups. Although U.S. policies failed to alter this industry's structure, West Germans did accept the American production model in the reconfiguration of individual shipyards in the more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 163.1 x 244.3 x 26.9mm | 571.54g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0275969908
  • 9780275969905

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.,."should be considered by all intersted in postwar German and European reconstruction."-Business History Reviewshow more

About Henry Burke Wend

HENRY BURKE WEND is Assistant Professor in the College of General Studies at Boston University and is Faculty Associate of the International History Institute. He has also been a visiting assistant professor of U.S. History at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a visiting scholar at the University of Bielefeld in more

Table of contents

Introduction The Historical Development of the Modern German Shipbuilding Industry to 1945 From Reorientation to Reconstruction: U.S. Foreign Policy and German Industry, 1943-1949 U.S. Foreign Policy and German Shipbuilding, 1945-1949: The Survival of an Industry U.S. Foreign Policy and A.G. Weser: The Survival of a Firm, 1945-1949 From Reconstruction to Rearmament: U.S. Foreign Policy and West German Industry, 1945-1955 U.S. Foreign Policy and West German Ship Construction: The Recovery of an Industry, 1949-1955 U.S. Foreign Policy and A.G. Weser: The Recovery of a Firm, 1949-1955 Conclusionshow more