The American military forces in the Federal Republic of Germany after WWII played an important role. In a new book from Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr., history professor at American International College in Springfield, essays by 15 different experts offer a comprehensive look at the role of American military forces in Germany, not just in the NATO military alliance but also in German-American relations as a whole.
The book, "GIs in Germany: The Social, Economic, Cultural and Political History of the American Military Presence," was edited by Maulucci and Detlef Junker, Professor of History at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Maulucci said, around twenty-two million U.S. servicemen and their dependents have been stationed in Germany since WWII, and their presence has contributed to one of the few successful American attempts at democratic nation-building in the twentieth century. "In the social and cultural realm the GIs helped to Americanize Germany, and their own German experiences influenced the U.S. civil rights movement and soldier radicalism," Maulucci said.
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The book has already received positive reviews from a variety of educators, both here and abroad, including Wolfgang Krieger, Professor of Modern History at Marburg University, Germany. "This book marks a great leap forward in our knowledge of a vast and important subject that is still missing from most history books on the Cold War. As someone who has worked in this area, off and on, for some thirty years I can assure you that this volume makes a most welcome contribution to a whole range of political, cultural, social, and, above all, military aspects of U.S. forces stationed in Germany since 1945," according to Krieger.
A Worcester resident, Maulucci is an associate professor and chair of the History Department and the International Studies Program at American International College. He received his bachelor's degree from Canisius College and his master's and doctoral degrees from Yale University. After earning his B.A .he was a Fulbright Scholar for two semesters in Saarbrücken, Germany, and did much of his dissertation research as a German Education Exchange Service Scholar in Bonn.
The book is published by Cambridge University Press, as part of the Publications of the German Historical Institute series.