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By C. Kakel

The yankee West and the Nazi East is a different exploration of the conceptual and historic relatives among the Early American and Nazi-German nationwide initiatives of territorial growth, racial detoxification, and settler colonization of their respective 'western' and 'eastern' empires, besides their linked campaigns of utmost political violence opposed to 'native' indigenous peoples. Kakel locates the Early American nationwide venture in 'the West' as a vital a part of the histories of imperialism, colonialism, and genocide, and gives a distinct window directly to the colonial origins, content material, and context of the Nazi nationwide undertaking in 'the East', together with the Holocaust. through asking new questions of supposedly primary ancient occasions and classes, this e-book brings to mild the unforeseen and unsettling connections among the 'American West' and the 'Nazi East', and hyperlinks histories formerly considered completely unrelated.

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His initial awareness of the American assault on ‘native’ indigenous populations came from his lifelong reading (and re-reading) of Karl May, the German cowboy western novelist. 79 For the future Nazi Führer and leader of the German government, the ‘Nordics’ of North America, who had ruthlessly pushed aside the ‘inferior’ Indian ‘race’ to secure new land and soil, would be the model for future German expansion. If pushing westward in North America at the expense of ‘native’ indigenous peoples had been necessary for the ‘Nordic’ Americans, Hitler reasoned, it was equally ‘logical’ for German settlers to acquire ‘space’ for themselves at the expense of indigenous Slavs and Jews in order to create their own Lebensraum in ‘the East’.

28 Continental Imperialism Jefferson’s geopolitical vision was of a republican empire: that is, an empire without a metropolis and without an aristocratic ruling class, an agrarian empire of virtuous (‘white’) yeomen farmers, an ‘empire of liberty’ (in Jefferson’s phrase) that would continuously expand westward. In proposing continuous westward expansion, Jefferson headed a popular cause. His expansionist vision, moreover, imagined an oceanto-ocean American empire, as well as the possible annexation of Canada and Cuba.

In his view, ‘borders’ were temporary political boundaries, living organisms, battle zones in the ‘struggle for space’. 59 His concept of fluid and dynamic ‘frontiers’ led him to favour the construction of a Greater German empire that included all ethnic Germans. As the prophet of the new geopolitics, Haushofer envisaged ‘geopolitics’ as the study of Raum (space) for the German nation-state. At the University of Munich, one of his devoted students was Rudolf Hess, an early convert to the fledgling Nazi Party who had become party leader Adolf Hitler’s private secretary.

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