THE HEROIC EARTH
Geopolitical Thought in Weimar Germany, 1918-1933

DAVID T MURPHY
340pp 21 ILLUS 1997 LIST PRICE: £42.50 HA23

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Murphy challenges traditional historiography, arguing that geopolitical ideas were most dynamic and significant in Germany in the democratic culture of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) rather than the Nazi era. Geopolitics contributed to Nazi imperialism by conditioning Germans to the need to revise the Versailles settlement and enlarge Germany’s living space. From the defeat of Germany until the rise of National Socialism, theories of geographical determinism enjoyed a broad currency in many fields of German public life, from politics, race and science to education and aesthetics. The notion that environmental factors -- climate, topography, resource distribution – shape society in significant ways was applied to help Germans understand what they had to do to regain their place among the Great Powers.