The Ideological Origins of Nazi Imperialism

Paperback | July 1, 1981

byWoodruff D. Smith

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This study traces the evolution of imperialist ideology in Germany from Bismarck in the mid-19th century through Hitler and the Third Reich. Although much has been written about the virulently racist and anti-communist ideologies of the Nazi party, this is the first book to treat Naziimperialism as a separate ideology and set it within a sturdy theoretical framework. Smith contends that Nazi imperialism represented the last, ambitious attempt to integrate two century-old ideologies--the elite, pro-industrial Weltpolitik and the popular-based, pro-agrarian Lebensraum--into asingle system. In fact, Smith argues that it was largely the way in which the Nazis attempted to reconcile these contradictory ideologies that explains Germany's disastrous policies during World War II. This wide-ranging study also contributes to the debates over several other aspects of Germanhistory, including German military aims in World War II, the continuity--or discontinuity--of German policy from Bismarck to Hitler, and the relation between ideology and social-political life.

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This study traces the evolution of imperialist ideology in Germany from Bismarck in the mid-19th century through Hitler and the Third Reich. Although much has been written about the virulently racist and anti-communist ideologies of the Nazi party, this is the first book to treat Naziimperialism as a separate ideology and set it withi...

Woodruff D. Smith is at University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:July 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195047419

ISBN - 13:9780195047417

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"This study both synthesizes much recent research and makes an original contribution in its own right. Its carefully articulated theoretical framework allows us to make sense of this complex topic in a much more satisfying way."--Geoffrey Eley, University of Michigan