Today in World History: August 30th

Upon the end of World War Two, the remains of Nazi Germany were placed under the control of the Allied Forces. On this day in 1945 the Allies, led by Great Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, and eventually France, declared the Allied Control Council to govern Germany with accordance to Allied laws and restrictions. They began restoring order to the German provinces, rooting out the remaining Nazi soldiers and officers, and stabilizing the region and rebuilding the infrastructure. The Control Council also dissolved German agencies and demilitarized the nation, before relations between the four nations began to decline. As the Cold War began to heat up between the Soviet Union and the West, cooperation between the countries in the Control Council began to deteriorate, and soon it was impossible to pass a motion in the Council. Upon the division of Germany, the Council remained intact, but it remained idle for decades, until the reunification of Germany in 1991, when it was formally dissolved, after the Soviet’s walkout on the conferences in 1948, with only three out of forty-six years of its history being active.

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