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Germany - The Consequences of War, 1945

4. The Occupation of Germany

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the Allied occupation of Germany after the end of the Second World War, focusing in particular on: (i) the initial treatment of the German population by Allied troops and the attitudes governing their actions; (ii) the sexual violence towards German women committed by the Allies; (iii) the American policy of ‘non-fraternisation’ and its impact upon American-German relations; (iv) the challenges faced by the Allied forces in each of their occupation zones, and the different approaches that they took to tackle these.

Course

In this course, Professor Richard Bessel (University of York) explores the consequences of the Second World War in Germany. In the first module, we think about the final battles that took place towards the end of the Second World War. After that, in the second module, we think about the last days of the Third Reich in Germany, before turning in the third module to look at the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. In the fourth module, we consider the impact that Allied occupation had upon Germany, then in the fifth module we outline the far-reaching consequences of Germany’s loss of the eastern territories in 1945. Finally, in the sixth module, we think about the poor state that Germany was left in at the end of the Second World War, and how this manifested itself in the attitudes of subsequent generations.

Lecturer

Professor Richard Bessel is Professor Emeritus of Twentieth Century History at the University of York. He specialises in the social and political history of modern Germany, in particular the aftermath of the two world wars. He has published widely within this area, including Germany 1945: From War to Peace (2009) and Nazism and War .(2004).

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Bessel, R. (2022, July 21). Germany - The Consequences of War, 1945 - The Occupation of Germany [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-consequences-of-war-1945/the-occupation-of-germany

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Bessel, R. "Germany - The Consequences of War, 1945 – The Occupation of Germany." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Jul 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/germany-the-consequences-of-war-1945/the-occupation-of-germany

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