Germans, Poland, And Colonial Expansion To The East: 1850 Through the Present

Hardcover | January 15, 2009

EditorRobert L. Nelson

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This incisive collection probes the history of colonialism within Europe and posits that Eastern Europe was in fact Germany’s true “colonial” empire. Through a series of interdisciplinary essays ranging from 1850 to the European Union of today, this collection explores the idea that Germany’s relationship with Poland and Eastern Europe had many similarities to the practice of “overseas” colonialism. As the contributing scholars aptly demonstrate, the history of Germany’s relationship with Poland contains all the trappings of the classic colonial encounter, from its structures of power and control, racism and cultural chauvinism, to the implementation of wholesale scientific experimentation in a “lawless” environment.

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This incisive collection probes the history of colonialism within Europe and posits that Eastern Europe was in fact Germany’s true “colonial” empire. Through a series of interdisciplinary essays ranging from 1850 to the European Union of today, this collection explores the idea that Germany’s relationship with Poland and Eastern Europe...

Robert L. Nelson is Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Windsor

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Reinventing Poland as German Colonial Territory in the Nineteenth Century: Gustav

Freytag’s Soll und Haben as Colonial Novel--Kristin Kopp * The Prussian Settlement

Commission and its Activities in the Land Market, 1886-1918--Scott M. Eddie * The

Archive for Inner Colonization, the German East, and World War--Robert L. Nelson *

Putting the East in Order: German Historians and their Attempts to Rationalize German

Eastward Expansion during the 1930s and 1940s--Eduard Mühle * The Languages of

Occupation: Vocabularies of German Rule in Eastern Europe in the World Wars--Vejas

Gabriel Liulevicius * The Conquest of Nature and the Mystique of the Eastern Frontier in

Nazi Germany--David Blackbourn * The Threatening Other in the East: Continuities and

Discontinuities in Modern German-Polish Relations--Oliver Schmidtke

Editorial Reviews

“The first volume devoted exclusively to German ‘inner colonialism’ from the Polish frontier in the 1850s until the present day, these interdisciplinary essays are a signal contribution to scholarship on German continental empires, including the ‘Third Reich.’”--A. Dirk Moses, University of Sydney“For a while now, German historians have been remarking upon the congruencies and complicated reciprocities between Germany’s imperialist designs on Eastern Europe during the two world wars and the earlier history of overseas colonialism before 1914. Delivering historical depth, focus, and conceptual coherence, this fine collection of essays now gives chapter and verse for that claim. Nelson and his contributors match a challenging general argument about the nature of colonialism to a series of admirably persuasive case studies.”--Geoff Eley, Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History and Chair, Department of History, University of Michigan