By C. Kakel
The yankee West and the Nazi East is a different exploration of the conceptual and historic family members among the Early American and Nazi-German nationwide initiatives of territorial enlargement, racial detoxification, and settler colonization of their respective 'western' and 'eastern' empires, in addition to their linked campaigns of utmost political violence opposed to 'native' indigenous peoples. Kakel locates the Early American nationwide venture in 'the West' as a vital a part of the histories of imperialism, colonialism, and genocide, and provides a distinct window directly to the colonial origins, content material, and context of the Nazi nationwide undertaking in 'the East', together with the Holocaust. via asking new questions of supposedly primary old occasions and classes, this booklet brings to mild the unforeseen and unsettling connections among the 'American West' and the 'Nazi East', and hyperlinks histories formerly regarded as absolutely unrelated.
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There were almost no limits to his dreams of expansion, which saw America, he wrote in 1786, as ‘the nest from which all [the] America[n] [continent], North and South is to be peopled’. 42 Throughout his political career and, indeed, into his retirement, Jefferson’s vision of an America empire continued to expand. 43 Jefferson’s worldview was founded on the notion of an agrarian republic. He believed in the virtues of the independent farmer and in the need for an agrarian-based expansionism, leading to a land-based continental empire.
Within the settlement culture, ‘native’ indigenous peoples were defined as ‘non-persons’. 29 Many American expansionists were preoccupied with the new American nation attaining racial homogeneity, and they looked forward to the day when ‘non-white’ peoples – that is, Indians, Mexicans, and free blacks – would ‘disappear’ from the entire North American continent and ‘whites’ would, as ‘destined’ by Providence, take sole possession. Manifest Destiny was a composite of ideas and emotions that provided an intricate justification for both the ‘nation’ and the ‘empire’.
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