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Genocide in Germany’s Eastern Empire

Donald Bloxham

in The Final Solution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550333
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701535 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550333.003.0007

Series: Oxford Histories

Genocide in Germany’s Eastern Empire

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Because Hitler claimed to be a Raumpolitiker or a ‘geopolitician’ concerned with vast spatial goals, he scorned Grenzpolitiker or politicians who took interest in minor border revision. Despite this, Nazi foreign policy accounted for both perspectives because the acquisition of a number of European countries displayed ethnonationalist irredentism. Since Hitler viewed the Dutch as Aryans who were to become members of the master race, the Netherlands was placed under a civilian government instead of exposing them to military settings. Although some of the geopolitical goals of the German expansion resembled that of the First World War, the attitude of Nazi racism towards those who were not included in the Aryan race was more intensified than that experienced during the military rule of the First World War. Hitler aimed to establish a new order of ethnographic conditions to promote the development of better boundaries.

Keywords: Hitler; geopolitics; Raumpolitiker; Grenzpolitiker; ethnonationalism; irredentism; Aryan; Nazi racism

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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