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A History of Unoccupied Germany, 1944–1945

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107013506

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  • Niemandsland is the untold story of the largest and most enduring of the unoccupied enclaves that survived after Germany's invasion and occupation by Allied forces in 1945. Sandwiched between American and Red Army lines, the 500,000 inhabitants were cut off from the outside world and left to fend for themselves in the face of crippling shortages of food, fuel and housing. Gareth Pritchard charts how groups of Communists, Socialists and antifascists came together to form 'antifascist' committees which seized power and set about restoring order, ensuring the supply of food and essential services and hunting down, disarming and arresting fugitive Nazis. This is not only a fascinating history in its own right but it also sheds important new light on the fate of Germany after 1945. Only in Niemandsland do we see what happened when the currents of post-Nazi German politics were allowed to flow freely, unimpeded by Allied intervention.

    • Fascinating account of Germany in the immediate aftermath of defeat which shows the path the country might have taken without allied intervention
    • Based on unusually rich archival sources which give us a much more detailed picture of the German experience in 1945
    • Uses the history of Niemandsland as a case study to shed new light on broader debates about post-war German history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Niemandsland is a model of local political history writing, offers new views on older debates, and will be of interest to historians of the immediate postwar era in Germany and in Europe more generally as well as to scholars of the Cold War."
    Monica Black, The Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107013506
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    1. The antifascist committees
    2. Conflict communities of the western Erzgebirge
    3. Into the abyss
    4. Taking power in Niemandsland
    5. Surviving in Niemandsland
    6. The politics of antifascist rule
    7. Antifascists and the wider population
    8. The politics of Soviet occupation
    9. Lessons of Niemandsland.

  • Author

    Gareth Pritchard, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Gareth Pritchard is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Adelaide. His previous publications include The Making of the GDR (2004) and, as co-editor, Power and the People: A Social History of Central European Politics, 1945–56 (2005).

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