Stunde Null and the ‘construction’ of West German strategic culture

Kerry Longhurst

in Germany and the Use of Force

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780719067082
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700570 | DOI:
Stunde Null and the ‘construction’ of West German strategic culture

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This chapter is concerned with the formation of West German strategic culture. It examines several aspects of the rearmament process during the 1950s and estimates the external and internal factors in the rearmament of West Germany. It then tries to draw out the antecedents of (West) German strategic culture, before it presents an account of the creation of the Bundeswehr, which uses the lens of strategic culture. This chapter concludes that the creation of a new strategic culture in West Germany happened through two principal channels, namely the post-war domestic conditions in West Germany and the burden of the demands and will of the allies with regards to the kind of role the Federal Republic should play.

Keywords: West German; strategic culture; rearmament; Bundeswehr; post-war domestic conditions; Federal Republic

Chapter.  11187 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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