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Hitler's GeographiesThe Spatialities of the Third Reich$
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Paolo Giaccaria and Claudio Minca

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226274423

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226274560.001.0001

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For a Tentative Spatial Theory of the Third Reich

For a Tentative Spatial Theory of the Third Reich

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(p.19) 1 For a Tentative Spatial Theory of the Third Reich
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Hitler's Geographies
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Paolo Giaccaria

Claudio Minca

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226274560.003.0002

The ‘deep’ spatialities of the Nazi project, while acknowledged in many historical accounts, remain largely unexplored in their complex genealogies and architectures. In particular, what is distinctive about the Third Reich real and imagined geographies is the close relationship between theory and practice, a unique combination of spatial fantasies and related interventions ‘in space’. A specific biological/racial imagination (centered on the notions of Rasse and Volk) and an equally specific spatial/geopolitical vision (related to the concepts of Lebensraum and Grossraum) lie at the core of Nazi ideology. The aim of this introductory chapter to Hitler’s Geographies is to discuss how these questions may be examined from a geographical perspective – and through a set of geographical theories and conceptualizations.

Keywords:   Geopolitik, Lebensraum, geography, Hitlerism, Volk, biopolitics, geopolitics

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