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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World$
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Peter Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037894

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037894.001.0001

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The Demilitarization of Germany, 1945–2010

The Demilitarization of Germany, 1945–2010

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Demilitarization in the Contemporary World

Jay Lockenour

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that the Berlin Republic remains demilitarized in significant ways, despite maintaining its armed forces and deploying those forces into combat. Germany's security policy is based on multilateralism, a preference for non-military instruments of diplomacy, and a defense strategy based in equal measure on deterrence and reassurance. Germany wields military power only with great difficulty, as seen in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Germany's military budget and its armed forces are also shrinking. Only at the margins of German society could one claim to encounter strains of a classical militarism or the glorification of military values. Because the lessons of Germany's past coincide with trends in the European environment to stigmatize large-scale violence, it is reasonable to see Germany moving toward a lasting demilitarization.

Keywords:   Germany, Berlin Republic, security policy, multilateralism, diplomacy, classical militarism, large-scale violence, demilitarization

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