Colonialism and the Holocaust: continuities, causations, and complexities

@article{Khne2013ColonialismAT,
  title={Colonialism and the Holocaust: continuities, causations, and complexities},
  author={Thomas K{\"u}hne},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={15},
  pages={339 - 362}
}
  • Thomas Kühne
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • History
  • Journal of Genocide Research
This review article scrutinizes recent research into, and disputes about, continuities from European colonialism and imperialism in the nineteenth century to the Holocaust and to the Nazi conquest in Eastern Europe. Five different versions of this colonial paradigm of Holocaust and Nazi history are considered: Jürgen Zimmerer's argument about a particular German continuity from the pre-WWI genocide in Africa to the Nazi genocide; the notion of a European archive of colonial knowledge used by… 

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