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A post-war history of German security culture

Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen

in Germany, Pacifism and Peace Enforcement

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072680
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719072680.003.0003
A post-war history of German security culture

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This chapter traces the origin and post-war development of the competing logics of thinking within Germany's security culture. It shows the importance of the German past in the struggle for moral and intellectual leadership in security policy debates and illuminates the key issues, arguments and taboos of the out-of-area debate by placing them in historical context. It begins by showing how the German defeat of 1945 left a strong imprint on the security thinking of German elites and outlines how different political and social groups learned different lessons from the debacle, respectively ‘never again war’ and ‘never again alone’.

Keywords: post-war development; Germany; German past; security policy debates; security thinking

Chapter.  9848 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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