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Nazi Empire
German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler

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  • Date Published: September 2010
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521857390

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  • Drawing on recent studies of the links between empire, colonialism, and genocide, Nazi Empire, 1871-1945 examines German history from 1871 to 1945 as an expression of the aspiration to imperialist expansion and the simultaneous fear of destruction by rivals. Acknowledging the important differences between the Second Empire, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich, Shelley Baranowski nonetheless reveals a common thread: the drama of German imperialist ambitions that embraced ethnic homogeneity over diversity, imperial enlargement over stasis, and “living space” as the route to the biological survival of the German Volk.

    • An interpretive survey of modern German history between 1871 and 1945 that highlights that history as a problem in the European-wide tension between empire and nation building
    • An exploration of the roots of Nazi genocide in unfulfilled German aspirations to an empire and the fear of the elimination of Germans as a people
    • Offers comparisons between German imperialism and colonialism and the imperialism and colonialism of other European (and American) nations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Recommended." -Choice

    "...an excellent work that should appeal to anyone interested in the history of Germany in this period and the legacy of imperialism on twentieth-century German history." -Matthew A. Yokell, Canadian Journal of History

    "...could serve as a good introduction for the general reader, and is especially valuable for its chronological depth and the attention it pays to German overseas imperialism." -Andrew Zimmerman, German Studies Review

    "...an important contribution to a debate that has lingered in the historiography on Germany at least since the period covered in the book." -Daniel Becker, H-German

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521857390
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 11 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. From imperial consolidation of global ambitions: imperial Germany, 1871–1914
    2. From dominion to catastrophe: imperial Germany during World War I
    3. From colonizer to 'colonized': the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933
    4. Empire begins at home: the Third Reich, 1933–1939
    5. The Nazi place in the sun: German occupied Europe, 1939–1941
    6. The final solution: total war and genocide, 1941–1945.

  • Author

    Shelley Baranowski, University of Akron, Ohio
    Shelley Baranowski is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron. She is the author of Strength through Joy: Consumerism and Mass Tourism in the Third Reich (2004), The Sanctity of Rural Life: Nobility, Protestantism, and Nazism in Weimar Prussia (1995) and The Confessing Church, Conservative Elites and the Nazi State (1986) and the co-editor, with Ellen Furlough, of Being Elsewhere: Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America (2001).

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