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By Richard H. King, Dan Stone

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) first argued that there have been continuities among the age of eu imperialism and the age of fascism in Europe in "The Origins of Totalitarianism" (1951). She claimed that theories of race, notions of racial and cultural superiority, and the appropriate of 'superior races' to extend territorially have been topics that hooked up the white settler colonies, the opposite imperial possessions, and the fascist ideologies of post-Great battle Europe. those claims have not often been taken up through historians. merely in recent times has the paintings of students similar to Jurgen Zimmerer and A. Dirk Moses all started to teach in a few element that Arendt was once right. This assortment doesn't search in basic terms to expound Arendt's reviews on those topics; quite, it seeks to take advantage of her insights because the jumping-off aspect for extra investigations - together with ones serious of Arendt - into the ways that race, imperialism, slavery and genocide are associated, and the ways that those phrases have affected the U.S., Europe, and the colonised global.

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The so-called Agermanen, people with alien blood, would be treated according to whether they "stood in the way" of German development or not. If they did not, "they would be allowed to continue developing according to the prescriptions of their nature:'42 If they were deter­ mined to stand in the way, both Reimer and Wagner proposed the creation of a commission of anthropologists, animal breeders, artists, and medical doctors who would work on "race-hygienic, aesthetic selections" of the subject populations.

By then German society had become thoroughly imbued with colonial-era anxieties about race-mixing and racio-spatial propriety. Though racialist anti-Semitism was never the dominant political ten­ dency in Wilhelmine Germany, the small coterie that advocated it, and the ideas they garnered from Germany's colonial experience, were to have unforeseeable con­ sequences for Germany's postwar history. Colonialism did not cause Nazism, as Arendt herself recognized,49 but it can help explain the nature of some of the racial anxieties within the NSDAP program and why Weimar Germany appeared so complacent about it.

1 2. Helmuth Stoecker, "The German empire in Africa before 19 I 4: General Questions;' in Germall Imperialism ill Ajrica, ed. Helmuth Stoecker (London, 1 986), 206. This number of lashes was enough to kill a person, especially if the whip being used cut deeply into the flesh and damaged the internal organs. F. F. Muller, Kololli", ulller der Peitsche (Berlin, 1 962), 99. 1 3. Franz Giesebrecht, Die Behalidlulig der Eillgeborenell ill dw deutschen Kolollietl (Berlin, 1 898), 1 83. 1 4. It is important to note that Giesebrecht included an essay advocating genocide in his collection.

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