The Construction of National Socialist Europe during the Second World War: How the New Order Took Shape, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Construction of National Socialist Europe during the Second World War

How the New Order Took Shape, 1st Edition

By Raimund Bauer

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192 pages

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Throughout the Second World War, the term ‘Europe’ featured prominently in National Socialist rhetoric. This book reconstructs what Europe stood for in National Socialist Germany, analyses how the interplay of its defining elements changed dependent on the war, and shows that the new European order was neither an empty phrase borne out of propaganda, nor was it anti-European. Tying in with long-standing traditions of German European, völkisch, and economic thinking, imaginations of a New Order became a central category in contemporary political and economic decision-making processes, justifying cooperation as well as exploitation, violence, and murder.

Table of Contents

Introduction – A New Europe

Part I: Dreaming of a New Order – Imaginations of Europe’s Future during the Interwar Period

1. Germany Prescribing Cures for Moribund Europe (1918-1933)

2. Germany’s Rebirth and ‘Adolescence’ in Europe (1933-1939)

3. The Dream Takes Shape – German Notions of Europe on the Eve of the War

Part II: Planning a New Order – Imaginations of Europe during Wartime

1. A Promise of Peace and Prosperity (1939-1941)

2. The Rise of Racism and the Growing Needs of All-Out War (1941-1943)

3. The Impending Defeat Curtailing Nazi Dreams (1943-1945)

Part III: Creating a New Order – From Imagination to Reality in the Crucible of War

1. From Unlimited Possibilities to the Exigencies of War – State Actors and the New Order

2. From European Expansion to Reorientation – Economic Actors and the New Order

Conclusion: ‘Anti-Europe’ Revisited

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Raimund Bauer holds a master’s degree in Economic and Social History, Modern History and Political Sciences from the University of Mannheim and received his PhD from the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University. His research interests and his publications focus on the intersections of ideas, politics, and economics in the modern history of Germany and Europe.

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Routledge Studies in Second World War History

The Second World War remains today the most seismic political event of the past hundred years, an unimaginable unpheaval that impacted upon every country on earth and is fully ingrained in the consciousness of the world's citizens. Traditional narratives of the conflict are entrenched to such a degree that new research takes on an ever important role in helping us make sense of World War II. Aiming to bring to light the results of new archival research and exploring notions of memory, propaganda, genocide, empire and culture, Routledge Studies in Second World War History sheds new light on the causes, events and legacy of global war.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General
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HISTORY / Europe / General
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HISTORY / Europe / Western
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HISTORY / Europe / France
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HISTORY / Europe / Germany
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HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
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HISTORY / Europe / Italy
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HISTORY / Asia / Japan
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HISTORY / Jewish
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HISTORY / Military / General
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HISTORY / Military / World War II
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HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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HISTORY / Europe / Austria & Hungary
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HISTORY / Holocaust