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Designing Democracy

Re-education and the America Houses (1945–1961)- The American Information Centers and their Involvement in Democratic Re-education in Western Germany and West Berlin from 1945 to 1961

Kathleen Hooper

How can firmly established democracies aid and support emerging democracies? Historically, where has this been done? This book looks at the American Information Centers and their involvement in democratic re-education in Western Germany and West Berlin from 1945 to 1961. Referred to as America Houses in Germany, this thesis argues that these institutions continued re-education much longer on a subtle level and were one of the few influencing, yet powerful tools that America had at its disposal to guide democracy. Considering the fact that these Houses were financed with American taxpayer dollars, it remains astounding that so little has been written about them in English to date. This publication seeks to provide unique insights into this fascinating time in US history.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Zugl.: Wuppertal, Univ., Diss., 2013

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hooper, Kathleen R., 1963- Designing democracy : re-education and the America houses (1945-1961) : the American information centers and their involvement in democratic re-education in Western Germany and West Berlin from 1945 to 1961 / Kathleen R. Hooper. pages cm "Zugl.: Wuppertal, Univ., Diss., 2013"—Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-64912-1 (print) — ISBN 978-3-653-03966-5 (e-book) 1. United States—Relations—Germany (West) 2. Germany (West)—Relations— United States. 3. Overseas information libraries, American—Germany (West)— History. 4. Information services—Political aspects—Germany (West)—History. 5. Education—Political aspects—Germany (West)—History. 6. Democracy— Germany—History—20th century. 7. Germany (West)—Social conditions. 8. Germany (West)—Politics and government. 9. Germany—Politics and government— 1945-1990. I. Title. E183.8.G3H67 2014 327.7304309'04—dc23

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