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Griff nach dem Westen : die "Westforschung" der völkisch-nationalen Wissenschaften zum nordwesteuropäischen Raum (1919–1960)

Tiedau, U; (2003) Griff nach dem Westen : die "Westforschung" der völkisch-nationalen Wissenschaften zum nordwesteuropäischen Raum (1919–1960). [Book]. Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur Nordwesteuropas. Waxmann: Münster, Germany; New York, US.

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Abstract

The German “Westforschung” of the 1920s to 1960s, i.e. the interdisciplinary research on the concepts of 'Raum' (space), 'Volk' (people) and 'Kultur' (culture) in the western regions of Germany and its neighbouring countries to the west, has recently become topical within the wider discussion on the contribution of German scholars to National Socialism. Whereas the debate in Germany revolved mainly around the question of how the Nazis could rely on these scholars and use their research outcomes to 'legitimise' the annexionist occupation policies in the West, the discussions in Belgium and the Netherlands focused on the field of intellectual collaboration. The debates have been controversial and at times vehement, not the least because this kind of research did not come to an end in 1945 but continued to prevail until at least the early 1960s (historians like Franz Petri, Franz Steinbach and Hermann Aubin regained academic positions in postwar Germany), but also because important contributions to this research paradigm and practice came from Dutch and Belgian scholars themselves.

Type: Book
Title: Griff nach dem Westen : die "Westforschung" der völkisch-nationalen Wissenschaften zum nordwesteuropäischen Raum (1919–1960)
ISBN: 3-8309-1144-0
Publisher version: http://www.waxmann.com/index.php?id=6&L=1&tx_autor...
Keywords: Westforschung, German scholars, National Socialism, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, intellectual history, Western European History, intellectual collaboration, Third Reich, Germany, Nazism
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences
UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12264
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