Germans, Poland, and Colonial Expansion to the East

1850 Through the Present

  • Robert L. Nelson

Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

About this book


This incisive collection probes the history of colonialism within Europe and posits that Eastern Europe was in fact Germany s true "colonial" empire. Through a series of interdisciplinary essays ranging from 1850 to the European Union of today, this collection explores the idea that Germany s relationship with Poland and Eastern Europe had many similarities to the practice of "overseas" colonialism. As the contributing scholars aptly demonstrate, the history of Germany s relationship with Poland contains all the trappings of the classic colonial encounter, from its structures of power and control, racism and cultural chauvinism, to the implementation of wholesale scientific experimentation in a "lawless" environment.


colonialism Europe Expansion Germany Poland Russia

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert L. Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WindsorCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-37736-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-61854-1
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