The Rise of Western Germany

The Rise of Western Germany In the autumn of Germany was a shattered country Dismembered between four vengeful occupying powers seven million displaced persons roaming its countryside its cities in ruins its roads railways

  • Title: The Rise of Western Germany
  • Author: Aidan Crawley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the autumn of 1945 Germany was a shattered country Dismembered between four vengeful occupying powers seven million displaced persons roaming its countryside its cities in ruins its roads, railways and canals destroyed its leaders jailed, dead, or disappeared it seemed inconceivable that even the part of the country which remained free of the Russians could ever rIn the autumn of 1945 Germany was a shattered country Dismembered between four vengeful occupying powers seven million displaced persons roaming its countryside its cities in ruins its roads, railways and canals destroyed its leaders jailed, dead, or disappeared it seemed inconceivable that even the part of the country which remained free of the Russians could ever rise again By 1972 Western Germany was one of the richest and most powerful countries of the world, host to humanity in the grandiose ritual of the Munich Olympics The story of how Germany clawed its way back from the ashes of defeat to achieve its present prosperity is one of the epics of the twentieth century and one which every Briton would do well to study Aidan Crawley was in at the beginning when he was marched across Germany early in 1945 from Stalag Luft 3 in Silesia to eventual release near Lubeck He has been closely involved with his subject ever since The particular strength of this lucid and impressively well documented record of twenty seven critical years lies in the author s understanding and knowledge of the personalities involved Not just the gigantic figures of Adenauer, Schumacher, Strauss and Brandt are brought vividly to life, but also industrialists like Flick and Grundig newspaper magnates like Augstein and Axel Springer the managers whose energies and administrative skills made possible the economic miracle the trades union leaders who could have wrecked it but chose instead the path of cooperation Mr Crawley knows how to make a complex issue vividly comprehensible without over simplifying or sacrificing detail Genuinely objective, critical without hostility, The Rise of Western Germany is as important as it is readable Praise for Aidan Crawley A comprehensive narrative in which fact and anecdotee combined to produce a very detailed but readable story Sunday Times A most interesting and attractive book to read It will be read by many, even one suspects, devoured, and there will be lots of people who will say that they couldn t put it downMr Crawley has narrated and he has done so skilfully and vigorously Professor Douglas Johnson, Birmingham Post Aidan Crawley 1908 1993 was an MP and writer who also produced TV at the very start of the commercial TV era of the 1950s He wrote a biography of Charles de Gaulle and a history of West Germany after World War II During the war he had been a prisoner after being shot down while serving in the RAF Endeavour Press is the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

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