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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 98 (June 1947)

Dunlap, Henry A.
Books on Germany, part 4,   pp. 8-10 PDF (2.0 MB)

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By Henry       p 'Chief Librarian
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STI H  purpose of the first three
1biblographies In this series was to
make known'to OMGUS personnel a
small portion 'of the published ma-
terial on Germany and the occupation
available in" the OMGUS' Reference
Library. All 'the publications listed
were mainly concerned with some
aspect of German life or with some
phase of the occupation. It was logical
to assume that personnel of Military
Government should 'be made aware
of available information on Germany.
To have'stopped the series with the
third bibliography would have been
in a sense leaving a task unfinished.
It would have implied that occupation
personnel need only know something
about Germany and its people In
order .to perform their work well. It
would have ignored the fact that
there is, a world about us, of -which
we form a very small part. What
occurs in China, in India, In Palestine,
affects us. The problems of the rest
of the world, while not as- close to
us as those of Germany, are just as
important. Being so important they
also require some study.
A; limited knowledge of world
affairs can be gained from information
media that do not properly come
within the scope of this bibliography.
The newspaper, the newsmagazine,
and the radio are inexpensive and
readily  available sources for in-
formation on current world events.
Thel  y  supply  up-to-the-minute; in-
formation in brief, concise form.
Alone, however they do not give the
reader sufficiently detailed informa-
tion to make him truly well-inforned.
To; achieve thisi books are needed.
T ODAY: a veritable flood of books
on; all conceivable subjects is
pouring forth from hundreds of pub-
lishers. Countless' thousands of these
publications deal with vitally 'im-
portant world problems. It would be
a physical impossibility for any one
person to collect and read all these
publications. Yet if an individual is
to be even moderately well-informed
on world affairs he must consult a
small percentage of the books of the
day. His great problem is the selection
of a few from the many.
The twentieth century has seen two
World Wars, the League of Nations,
the United Nations, and the atomic
bomb. The old concepts of science,
politics, and diplomacy are daily giv-
ing way to new discoveries, new
theories, new  inventions. Keeping
pace with these often startling new
developments is no easy task.
This: list of 'books, "aThe Inter-
national Scene", is intended merely
to indicate to the reader the type of
material available in the OMGUS
Reference Library. It is hoped that it
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will -make personnel more cognii
of oreat international Problems.
No attempt has been made to
up   special  smaller
under the general he;
International 'Scene," 4
the books are l either c
related in content. Soime' of th
Jects covered include the
Nations, the atomic bomb,'
postwar problems, ifnternatior
lations, and World War II. The
are listed alphabetically by
with city of issued, publishing
date, and size of each listed in
Conditions of Peace, I
Hallett Carr (New York
1944, 282 pages). A sober
of the conditions that 1
World Wars, and some
dations to prevent recurrei
errors, The bookE is priar
cerned with British postv
but points out that both G
and the United States will
but different problems. It h
forceful work. The whole
this book can well be ex
quoting the last paragraph
world is dead. The futurf
those who can resolutely
back on it and face the
with  understanding, cot
Charter of the United h
Statute of the InternaUooa
Justice, togetherwith'interi
ments (Berkeley, Universi
fornia Press, 1945, 2 volt
exact facsimile of the volu
were officially signed by the
to the United Nations Con

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