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  1. 1. Hitler’s Empire Meghan Cole History 5 Ticket # 14220
  2. 2. Hitler’s empire <ul><li>In early October 1941, a string of victories brought the Wehrmacht to the outskirts of Moscow and convinced Hitler that the Soviet Union had been beaten. But within days he realized that he had made a mistake. </li></ul><ul><li>Propaganda Ministry officials in Berlin had already provided journalists with a brutally frank revelation of what Europe could expect under Nazi rule. The war was over was what they had told them and the Reich was going to create a self-sufficient Europe behind barbed wire that could withstand any military threat. </li></ul><ul><li>For them, empire was an “ideal” or a violent fantasy of racial mastery </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hitler’s empire… <ul><li>The Germans would have to be trained in virtues, Hitler believed, in order to compete with the rulers of great spaces for the globe’s resources. </li></ul><ul><li>How far Nazi imperial ambitions really extended is an issue that still divides historians. “ today Germany is ours and tomorrow the whole world” </li></ul><ul><li>Controlling Europe was what really mattered for the Nazis because the believed it held the pivotal position in the world’s geopolitical system. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Hitler’s empire continued… <ul><li>By 1942, the Germans were in command of a landmass larger that the USA, and more densely populated and more economically productive than anywhere else in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>The Nazis regarded their own imperial ambitions as compatible with those of other leading powers, and they could never understand why the British failed to se this. </li></ul><ul><li>The Nazis planned to dominate Europe, in other words, much as the British ran Asia or Africa. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Continued… <ul><li>The Nazi’s believed it had fallen to them to establish an empire that would elevate them to the status of a world power. </li></ul><ul><li>Hitler as an empire builder may not be how we commonly think of the Fuhrer, but it was certainly one of the images he had of himself. </li></ul><ul><li>Far from establishing the Greater German Reich, Hitler left the country dismembered. His empire had premised its salvation on the death of millions, but salvation never came, and as his regime consumed its own, death was all it left behind. </li></ul>