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Colonial Conquering: The Nazi Invasion of Eastern Europe

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by Jullian Haley on 12 December 2013

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Transcript of Colonial Conquering: The Nazi Invasion of Eastern Europe

Colonial Conquering: The Nazi Invasion of Eastern Europe
By Jullian Haley
Introduction to Nazi Foreign Policy
What is the puzzle here?
The contradictions within Nazi foreign policy. Hitler talks about peace, but he then starts moving on a trend of foreign policy that are increasingly dangerous. However many wanted to believe him, although people such as Schuman were already predicting a war from 1934
Background
Foreign policy in Nazi Germany moved fast, and nobody sums it up better than Sebastian Haffner, a German-born journalist that immigrated to London as soon as the Nazi Party took power. Haffner says, “13 October 1933, 25 July 1934, 16 March 1935, 7 March 1936, 30 May 1937, 11 March 1938—every single date a slap in the face to Europe,” (Haffner 1940, p.161).
It is after Austria, that Germany starts its Drang nach Osten, which means "Drive to the East", a term used to talk about Germany's conquering of Eastern Europe.

Research Question
Framing of Foreign Policy
The foreign policy actions that are usually taken are
National Security and role military elites and militaristic agendas.
Cultural Push for ethno-nationalist unification
Conceptions of the Other and preemptive defense against
Economic demands of national interest
International demonstration effect
Analysis of the theories and data
Analysis of theories in time periods
Speculation and Comparisons to Modern Politics
The question is, "What best explains the goals of Nazi Foreign policy?"
Primary Sources
The primary source used was Mein Kampf, an autobiography by Hitler.
By using Mein Kampf, we can see the framework for Nazi Germany's decisions.
Why does this matter?
This matters because it allows us to see the mind set of the Nazi's and the decisions that they made throughout Eastern Europe.
So we can compare to modern times in order to find out a possible path that foreign policy can lead to.
Some of these comparisons could be shown in modern politics, such as
The world from preventing Iran from having nuclear energy facilities until recently, despite the fact that they have nuclear energy facilities.
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