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Imperialism: Part Two of The Origins of Totalitarianism

Key insights from Hannah Arendt's

Imperialism: Part Two of The Origins of Totalitarianism


Key insights from Hannah Arendt's

Imperialism: Part Two of The Origins of Totalitarianism

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A history of imperialist expansion and how it fueled the Third Reich.

<p>How did Nazi Germany attain so much power, and what events caused ordinary people to be seduced by its oppressive rhetoric? In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about the history of European imperialism and how it laid the groundwork for the rise of the Third Reich. You’ll also explore how imperialism produced new levels of racism and fueled totalitarianism, and you’ll learn about the paradox of human rights and the still-unsolved problem that it presents to the global community.</p><br>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the history of global politics
  • Want a more nuanced understanding of Europe’s imperialist trends
  • Are curious about the political and economic currents that led to World War II
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Introduction

In the decades following the blistering violence of World War II, citizens and historians alike continue to investigate the many political and cultural tensions that spurred the rise of Nazi Germany. While many factors and people influenced the Third Reich’s formation, one of the most decisive elements in the totalitarian equation was the influence of Europe’s imperialist politics.

Imperialism sparked the racially charged rhetoric and tribal nationalism that ultimately became foundational to Nazi ideology. An analysis of imperialism and its far-reaching effects provides a more...

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