German expansionism, imperial liberalism and the United States, 1776-1945 / Jens-Uwe Guettel, Pennsylvania State University.

Guettel, Jens-Uwe, 1974- [Browse]
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
x, 281 pages ; 23 cm


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  • "This book traces the connections between American westward expansion and German colonialism from the late eighteenth century to the Nazis' campaign for 'living space in the east' during World War II"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "This book traces the importance of the United States for German colonialism from the late eighteenth century to 1945, focusing on American westward expansion and racial politics. Jens-Uwe Guettel argues that from the late eighteenth century onward, ideas of colonial expansion played a very important role in liberal, enlightened, and progressive circles in Germany, which, in turn, looked across the Atlantic to the liberal-democratic United States for inspiration and concrete examples. In the early years of the twentieth century, this America-inspired and -influenced imperial liberalism dominated German colonial discourse and practice. Yet following this pre-1914 peak of liberal political influence on the administration and governance of Germany's colonies, the expansionist ideas embraced by Germany's far-right after the country's defeat in the First World War had little or no connection with the German Empire's liberal imperialist tradition. German Expansionism, Imperial Liberalism, and the United States, 1776-1945 therefore shows that, for example, Nazi plans for the settlement of conquered Eastern European territories were not directly linked to pre-1914 transatlantic exchanges concerning race and expansionism"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-263) and index.
Introduction -- 1. Soil, liberty, and blood: Germans and American westward expansion before 1871 -- 2. From theory to practice: German colonialism and American westward expansion before the Great War I -- 3. The American South and racial segregation in the German colonies -- 4. America, race, and German expansionism from the Great War to 1945 -- Conclusion: Imperial liberalism, Nazi expansionism, and the continuities of German history.
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