Nazi Discourse: Colonial Fantasies of ‘Space’ and ‘Race’

  • Carroll P. KakelIII


This chapter looks at the development of the Nazi imperial-colonial imagination. It examines Adolf Hitler’s and Heinrich Himmler’s spatial and racial fantasies, fantasies based on their understandings (and misunderstandings) of earlier historical precedents. It discusses the origin of these fantasies during their youth and shows how these fantasies grew and expanded as they entered the political arena and ultimately achieved political power. It also discusses competing Nazi visions of empire and Nazi colonial plans. While there were competing visions of empire and differing colonization plans, it was the visions and plans of Hitler and Himmler which would ultimately prevail (with murderous consequences for millions of Nazi-defined and targeted Jewish and non-Jewish political and racial ‘enemies’).


Jewish Community Public Speech German People Nazi Party Jewish Question 
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  • Carroll P. KakelIII
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University Centre for Liberal ArtsUSA

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