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Army DiplomacyAmerican Military Occupation and Foreign Policy after World War II$
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Walter M. Hudson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160979

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160979.001.0001

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Military Government Planning prior to 1940

Military Government Planning prior to 1940

(p.27) 1 Military Government Planning prior to 1940
Army Diplomacy

Walter M. Hudson

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 1 reveals how the army’s dominance in the planning and execution of post–World War II governance had its origins in practices that extended back into the mid-nineteenth century. These practices included the internal adoption of laws regulating treatment of civilians and the army’s acceptance and application of laws of international conflict, in particular the Geneva and Hague Conventions. The most influential occupational experience was the Rhineland occupation following World War I, memorialized in the so-called Hunt Report. That occupation in particular led to the development of methods and concepts at the Army War College in the 1920s and 1930s. Those methods and concepts in turn formed the basis of the army’s military government doctrine. All this work took place within the army itself, with little to no guidance from, and little to no interaction with, other US governmental agencies.

Keywords:   World War I, Hunt Report, law of armed conflict, interwar army, Army War College

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