By Walter M. Hudson

In the rapid aftermath of worldwide battle II, the USA military turned the vital agent of yank international coverage. the military designed, applied, and administered the occupations of the defeated Axis powers Germany and Japan, in addition to many different international locations. Generals akin to Lucius Clay in Germany, Douglas MacArthur in Japan, Mark Clark in Austria, and John Hodge in Korea presided over those territories as proconsuls. initially of the chilly warfare, greater than three hundred million humans lived lower than a few type of U.S. army authority. The army's impact on nation-building on the time was once profound, yet such a lot scholarship on overseas coverage in this interval concentrates on international relations on the maximum degrees of civilian govt instead of the defense force' governance on the neighborhood level.

In Army Diplomacy, Hudson explains how U.S. military rules within the occupied international locations represented the fruits of greater than a century of army doctrine. concentrating on Germany, Austria, and Korea, Hudson's research unearths that whereas the post--World battle II American occupations are usually remembered as overwhelming successes, the particular effects have been combined. His research attracts on army sociology and institutional research in addition to diplomacy conception to illustrate how "bottom-up" judgements not just tell but additionally create higher-level coverage. because the debate over post-conflict occupations maintains, this interesting paintings deals a invaluable viewpoint on an enormous but underexplored aspect of chilly conflict history.

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