Empire, Ideology, and the East: Thoughts on Nazismís Spatial Imaginary
Eley, Geoff - University of Michigan

2012-01-12 16:12:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Tisch Hall Room 1014
Duration: 01:50:00

What do we gain, theoretically and methodologically, by subjecting Nazism to the analytics of "space"? What is the value added by adopting this particular approach? One answer would be to examine the Nazis' own organizing ideas, including not only the rhetoric of Lebensraum, but also the entire discourse of planning, population politics, clearances, deportations, transfers, reclamation, resettlement, and repopulation that became so crucial to the Nazi imperium after 1939, whether in its imaginings or in its forms of practical realization. In seeking to understand the particular violence of Nazi expansionism, Professor Eley discusses not only the firm social-historical ground of geographies, economies, and social structures, but also the metaphorical space of projections, ideology, cultural claims, mythologizing, narrative aggrandisement, and geopolitical fantasy. Hitler's empire was made from both.

Geoff Eley is the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, Chair and Professor of History

Introduction by Ron Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies


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