American Occupation of Germany

Spring 2013

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-338; Eileen M. Crosby (Section 01)Catherine A. Epstein (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Dunstan C. McNutt.

  • Overview
  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources


When searching the 5 College Catalog, the following subject keywords might be useful:

  • Denazification
  • Reconstruction (1939-1951) Germany
  • Germany History 1945-1955
  • Germany Social conditions 1945-1955
  • Germany Politics and government 1945-1990
  • Germany Economic conditions 1945-1990

Use one of these subject headings or a combination of subject headings.  If you get too many results, use the “Modify Search” button to add a keyword to your search.

If you do not find what you are looking for in the Five College Catalog, it may be available through Interlibrary loan.  To find out, perform the same search in WorldCat.

New to WorldCat or Interlibrary loan?  Any reference librarian can assist you. 

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

America, History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

PAIS Index (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.



Europe Since 1945: An Encyclopedia. New York ; London: Garland, 2001. Frost Reference: D1051 .E95 2001

Modern Germany: An Encyclopedia of History, People, and Culture, 1871-1990. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities vol. 1520. New York: Garland Pub, 1998. Frost Reference: DD14 .M64 1998

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Frost Reference: D205 .O94 2008

Oxford Reference Online


Academic Search Premier 

Search for the name of the book in default fields, and add book review as "Document Type".

America: History & Life or Historical Abstracts 

In "Document Type" select "Book Reviews".

H-Net Reviews

Primary Sources

Finding primary source material in the 5 College Catalog

  • Perform a subject search: Use one of the suggested subject headings and add “Sources” at the end of the phrase. Example: Germany History 1945-1955 Sources
  • In the Five College Catalog's "Basic Search", search by "Author (last name first)" for: Germany Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1955 : U.S. Zone Office of Military Government
  • For publications of the High Commissioner for Germany, in the Five College Catalog's "Basic Search", search by "Author (last name first)" for: United States. Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany

Primary Sources Research Guide
See, especially, the section on finding primary sources in the catalog. Combining subject headings from the "Overview" of this course guide with primary source subheadings will often yield relevant results.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections – Finding Aids

This guide to the formal collections and major holdings of Amherst College's Archives and Special Collections is not a complete inventory. Much of the listing was compiled from old finding aids in non-standard formats, and the information, especially dates, should be regarded as approximate.

Five College Archives & Manuscripts Collection

Search over 1,500 finding aids describing the archives and manuscripts found at the Five Colleges.

Primary sources online (a selection):

Germany Under Reconstruction

The Germany Under Reconstruction digital collection provides a varied selection of publications in both English and German from the period immediately following World War II.

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) 

Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post. Use the "Date range" feature to focus on the historical period of interest.

Foreign Relations of the United States (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections)

The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)

Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 
Try searching “Germany” and “Reconstruction (1939-1951)” .