International: Plan for a Continent

How to keep Germany from making war again was the central question at Potsdam. To destroy Germany utterly and forever might put Europe back a century economically and leave a political vacuum into which Big Three rivalries would rush. To preserve the old Germany was to run an all-too-familiar risk. The

Potsdam conference had to thread a way between.

The Plan. The Potsdam plan called for complete demilitarization. Germany in the future will not be allowed to make weapons or aircraft. But the main German threat lay in quickly trainable citizen-soldiers and in factories that could be quickly converted to armaments. What to...

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