By James Dobbins
A virtually 50-year evaluate of U.S. efforts to remodel defeated and damaged enemies into democratic and wealthy allies.
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By 1947, the Control Council and the Council of Foreign Ministers had become hopelessly deadlocked and were only able to achieve consensus on a few issues. Reparations, the structure and timing of the creation of a German state, the length of military occupation, and other major issues became contentious among the Allies, especially between the Soviet Union and the Western allies. Coordination among the Western allies progressed slowly but steadily. The British and French initially resisted General Lucius D.
Public was also weary of war and supported an early return of the troops. There appeared to be little desire for the high economic costs that an extended occupation would entail. Democratization In principle, Japan had a constitutional, but not a fully parliamentary, form of government in 1945. The Meiji Constitution, adopted in ______________ 4 Douglas MacArthur, Reports of General MacArthur: Japanese Operations in the Southwest Pacific Area, Vol. S. Government Printing Office, 1966a, p. 459. 5 John W.
The Western zones quickly demobilized the German military, with little resistance. The Wehrmacht and all other military and paramilitary organizations were dissolved, and the German General Staff was abolished. 17 The constabulary force, meanwhile, trained a new German police force that was soon able to conduct routine police duties. S. 18 Ironically, by 1949 the United States began to push for the rearmament of West Germany as the Cold War began to heat up. With the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and the creation of the FRG in 1949, the United States saw West Germany as an additional bulwark against the perceived Soviet military threat to Central Europe.
America's role in nation-building: from Germany to Iraq, Issue 1753 by James Dobbins