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The soviet occupation of Germany: hunger, mass violence and the struggle for peace, 1945-1947

Slaveski, Filip 2013, The soviet occupation of Germany: hunger, mass violence and the struggle for peace, 1945-1947, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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Title The soviet occupation of Germany: hunger, mass violence and the struggle for peace, 1945-1947
Author(s) Slaveski, Filip
Publication date 2013
Total pages 183
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication Cambridge, UK
Keyword(s) Soviet Union
Germany
Mass violence
Post-war
Summary This is a major new account of the Soviet occupation of postwar Germany and the beginning of the Cold War. Dr Filip Slaveski shows how in the immediate aftermath of war the Red Army command struggled to contain the violence of soldiers against German civilians and, at the same time, feed and rebuild the country. This task was then assumed by the Soviet Military Administration in Germany (SVAG) which was established to impose order on this chaos. Its attempt, however, intensified the battle for resources and power among competing occupation organs, especially SVAG and the army, which spilled over from threats and sabotage into fighting and shootouts in the streets. At times, such conflicts threatened to paralyse occupation governance, leaving armed troops, liberated POWs and slave labourers free to roam. SVAG's successes in reducing the violence and reconstructing eastern Germany were a remarkable achievement in the chaotic aftermath of war.
ISBN 9781107043817
Language eng
Field of Research 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061974

Document type: Book
Collection: Alfred Deakin Research Institute
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