In the Introduction, I briefly discuss the historical problem/challenge of explaining why the Holocaust happened, and I touch on the current historiographical debate on genocide, colonialism and the Holocaust. I also introduce the book’s main idea (the Holocaust is best understood as ‘colonial genocide’) and its main argument (Western-style colonialism/racial imperialism was the Holocaust’s single most important enabler/cause). And finally, I suggest the broader implications of my book for understanding the events we have come to call ‘the Holocaust’ (locating the Holocaust as part of a historical continuum, as well as part of a larger global history — rather than an ‘aberration’ or a ‘unique’ historical event).


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  • Carroll P. KakelIII
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University Centre for Liberal ArtsUSA

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