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Army Diplomacy: American Military Occupation and Foreign Policy after World War II

Walter M. Hudson


Army Diplomacy demonstrates how, in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the United States Army became the principal agent of American foreign policy. The army designed, implemented, and administered the occupations of the defeated Axis powers Germany and Japan, as well as many other nations. Generals such as Lucius Clay in Germany, Mark Clark in Austria, and John Hodge in Korea presided over these territories as proconsuls, and at the beginning of the Cold War more than 300 million people lived under some form of US military authority. This massive occupation effort had roots in a century ... More

Keywords: Occupation, military government, post–World War II, Cold War, military necessity, civil-military relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813160979
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter M. Hudson, author