With the outbreak of the Korean warfare, the bad, rural West German country of Rhineland-Palatinate grew to become domestic to a few of the most important American army installations outdoor the U.S.. In GIs and Frauleins, Maria Hohn bargains a wealthy social background of this German-American come upon and gives new insights into how West Germans negotiated their transition from nationwide Socialism to a client democracy through the Fifties.

Focusing at the conservative response to the yankee army presence, Hohn indicates that Germany's Christian Democrats, even though wanting to be allied politically and militarily with the USA, have been appalled through the obvious Americanization of lifestyle and the decline in morality that followed the troops to the provinces. Conservatives condemned the jazz golf equipment and striptease parlors that Holocaust survivors from jap Europe opened to cater to the troops, they usually expressed scorn towards the German ladies who eagerly pursued white and black American GIs. whereas such a lot Germans rejected the conservative attempt to punish as prostitutes all ladies who linked to American GIs, they vilified the sexual relationships among African American males and German girls. Hohn demonstrates that German anxieties over frequent Americanization have been continuously debates approximately right gender norms and racial barriers, and that whereas the yankee army introduced democracy with them to Germany, it additionally introduced Jim Crow.

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