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Empire in the Heimat: Colonialism and Public Culture in the Third Reich

Willeke Sandler


With the end of the First World War, Germany became a “postcolonial” power. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 transformed Germany’s overseas colonies in Africa and the Pacific into League of Nations Mandates, administered by other powers. Yet a number of Germans rejected this “postcolonial” status, arguing instead that Germany was simply an interrupted colonial power and would soon reclaim these territories. With the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, irredentism seemed once again on the agenda, and these colonialist advocates actively and loudly promoted their colonial cause in the Third Reich. Ex ... More

Keywords: colonialism, Nazism, Africa, propaganda, public culture, visual culture, Third Reich, revanchism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190697907
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697907.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Willeke Sandler, author
Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University Maryland