The Art of Occupation: Crime and Governance in American-Controlled Germany (1944–1949) – eBook


  • Author: Thomas J. Kehoe
  • File Size: 6 MB
  • Format: ePub/PDF
  • Length: 382 Pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821423827, 0821446819
  • ISBN-13: 9780821423820, 9780821446812


The literature explaining social conditions during the post–World War II Allied occupation of Germany has been divided between seemingly incompatible assertions of prolonged criminal chaos and narratives of strict martial rule that precluded crime. In The Art of Occupation (ePub/PDF)Thomas J. Kehoe takes a different view on this history, addressing this divergence through a broad, interdisciplinary analysis of the interaction between military government and social order.

Emphasizing on the American Zone and using earlier unexplored American and German military reports, case files and court records, Kehoe assesses crime rates and the psychology surrounding criminality. He thereby provides the first comprehensive exploration of criminality, policing, and both American and German fears around the realities of conquest and potential resistance, national futures, social and societal integrity, and a looming threat from communism in an emergent Cold War. The Art of Occupation: Crime and Governance in American-Controlled Germany is the complete study of crime and governance during the five years from the first Allied incursions into Germany from the West in September 1944 through the end of the military occupation in 1949. It is a vital contribution to American and German military, social, and police histories, as well as historical criminology.