The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933

The Heroic Earth: Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933

by David Thomas Murphy
     
 

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In The Heroic Earth, David T. Murphy argues that geopolitical ideas were most dynamic and significant in Germany not during the Nazi era (1933-45) but in the democratic culture of the Weimar Republic (1919-33). By helping to condition the German population to geopolitical ideas, which emphasized revision of the Versailles settlement and enlarging Germany's living… See more details below

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In The Heroic Earth, David T. Murphy argues that geopolitical ideas were most dynamic and significant in Germany not during the Nazi era (1933-45) but in the democratic culture of the Weimar Republic (1919-33). By helping to condition the German population to geopolitical ideas, which emphasized revision of the Versailles settlement and enlarging Germany's living space, geopolitics helped contribute to Nazi imperialism. Theories of geographical determinism shaped German thinking about politics, race, science, education, aesthetics, and many other subjects on the eve of the Nazi era. Challenging traditional historiography, Murphy argues that geopolitics faded in importance after Adolf Hitler came to power.

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Challenging traditional historiography, the author argues that geopolitical ideas were most dynamic and significant in Germany not during the Nazi era (1933-45) but in the democratic culture of the Weimar Republic (1919-33). By helping to condition the German population to geopolitical ideas, which emphasized revision of the Versailles settlement and enlarging Germany's living space, geopolitics helped contribute to Nazi imperialism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780873385640
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1990
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.39(d)

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