Heimat, Region, and Empire: Spatial Identities under National Socialism

Hardcover | November 27, 2012

EditorClaus-Christian W. Szejnmann, Maiken Umbach

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The history of spatial identities in the Third Reich is best approached not as the history of a singular ideology of place, but rather, as a history of interrelated spaces. National Socialists, it is clear, attached great importance to place: it was at the heart of their utopian political project, which was about re-making territories as well as people's relationships with them. But in this project, Heimat, region and Empire did not constitute separate realms for political interventions. Rather, in the Third Reich, as in the preceding periods of German history, Heimat, region and Empire were constantly imagined, constructed and re-moulded through their relationship with one another.

This collection brings together an exciting mixture of international scholars who are currently pursuing cutting-edge research on spatial identities under National Socialism. They uncover more differentiated spatial imaginaries at the heart of Nazi ideology than were previously acknowledged, and will fuel a growing scepticism about generic national narratives.

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The history of spatial identities in the Third Reich is best approached not as the history of a singular ideology of place, but rather, as a history of interrelated spaces. National Socialists, it is clear, attached great importance to place: it was at the heart of their utopian political project, which was about re-making territories ...

CLAUS-CHRISTIAN W. SZEJNMANN is Professor of Modern History at Loughborough University. Recent Books include (ed.), Rethinking History, Dictatorship and War: New Approaches and Interpretations (2009); Ordinary People as Mass Murderers:Perpetrators in Comparative Perspectives (co- edited with Jensen, 2008); How the Holocaust Looks Now:...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 10.2 × 5.7 × 1 inPublished:November 27, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Images
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Introduction; C-C.W.Szejnmann & M.Umbach
PART I: RE-MOULDING REGIONAL IDENTITIES
Region and National Socialist Ideology. Reflections on Contained Plurality; M.Steber
Milieus, Political Culture and Regional Traditions in Lower Saxony in Comparative Perspective; D.Schmiechen-Ackermann
Grenzlandschicksal: Historical Narratives of Regional Identity and National Duty in Gau Oberrhein 1940-44; T.Williams
National Socialism and Hierarchichal Regionalism: The German Minorities in Interwar Poland; W.Chu
PART II: TRANSFORMING SPACES
Germanization of the Warthegau: Germans, Jews, and Poles and the Making of a 'German' Gau; C.Epstein
'A Sense of Heimat Opened up During the War'. German Soldiers and Heimat Abroad; C-C.W.Szejnmann
'Here too lies our Lebensraum': Colonial Space as German Space; W.Sandler
Conceptions, Competences and Limits of the German Regional Planning during the 'Four Year Plan', 1936 to 1940; O.Werner
PART III: RE-MAKING ETHNICITIES
Race, Regional Identity and Volksgemeinschaft. Naturalization of Ethnic German Resettlers in World War II by the Einwandererzentralstelle/Central Immigration Office of the SS; A.Strippel
The Reich Propaganda offices and the Political Mentoring of Ethnic German Re-settlers; D.Mühlenfeld
Suitable Germans – Enforced Assimilation Policies in Danzig Westprussia, 1939–1945; G.Wolf
On the Margins of Volksgemeinschaft: Criteria for Belonging to the Volk in the Nazi Germanization Policy in the Annexed Territories and Beyond, 1939-1945; A.Stiller
Commentary: Empire, Ideology, and the East: Thoughts on Nazism's Spatial Imaginary; G.Eley
Index