In the Wake of War: The Reconstruction of German Cities after World War II (Book Title)


Program Description:

In the Wake of War examines the questions raised by the remarkable feat of urban reconstruction in West Germany after World War II. Jeffry M. Diefendorf explains who was primarily responsible for the reconstruction, what accounted for the speed of rebuilding, and how priorities were set and decisions acted upon. He argues that in such crucial areas as architectural style, urban planning, historic preservation, and housing policy, the Germans drew upon personnel, ideas, institutions, and practical experiences from the Nazi and pre-Nazi periods. Diefendorf shows how the rebuilding of West Germany's cities after 1945 can only be understood in terms of long-term continuities in urban development. (Oxford University Press, 1993)


Jeffry Diefendorf

Jeffry Diefendorf is a Pamela Shulman Professor in European and holocaust studies in the department of history and a senior faculty fellow for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkley and has been with UNH since 1975. His research interests include modern Germany, urban history, and Holocaust studies.

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