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The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present

Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Abstract

Over the last two centuries and up to the present day, Eastern Europe's lands and peoples have conjured up a complex mixture of fascination, anxiety, promise, and peril for Germans looking eastwards. Across the generations, a varied cast of German writers, artists, philosophers, diplomats, political leaders, generals, and Nazi racial fanatics have imagined (often in very different ways) a special German civilizing mission in the East, forging a frontier myth that paralleled the American myths of the ‘Wild West’ and ‘Manifest Destiny’. Through close analysis of German views of the East from 180 ... More

Keywords: civilizing mission, Eastern Europe, Germany, frontier, imperialism, national identity, Nazis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546312.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, author
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Tennessee
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