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By Dan Diner

The most important essays of Dan Diner are ultimately amassed during this English variation. They mirror the author's trust that the Holocaust transcends conventional styles of ancient figuring out and calls for an epistemologically designated technique. you possibly can now not think that actors as good as historians are working within the related conceptual universe, sharing the related standards of rational discourse. this is often rather actual of sufferers and perpetrators, whose reminiscence shapes the distortions of ancient narrative in methods frequently diametrically adverse.

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This intended state of emergency was nonconstitutional because it included, along with other steps, the postponement of elections beyond the constitutionally stipulated time limit. In other words, Schmitt belonged to the initiators of the plan for gaining time (Zeitgewinnplan), aimed at circumventing the deadline laid down in Article 25, according to which elections to the Reichstag had to be held within sixty days. ” These arguments were based on very thin constitutional ice. In any event, the plan failed.

Rather, it is independent from actual, geographical Raum, signifying that sense of life believed lost in the wake of the new social structures. ch2 01/17/2000 4:03 PM Page 41 KNOWLEDGE OF EXPANSION 41 Grimm makes this distinction perfectly clear in his book treating “peoples without Raum”—a notorious work that saw print in the early thirties, far more popular than anything Haushofer ever wrote: “even with a slice of colony or some other sneaky swindle [pfiffiger Betrug ] . . ” 85 Haushofer’s geopolitics was one of the hidden, ideological expressions for this antiurban, anti-industrial, and quasi-romantic nostalgia.

He defines autarchy as “nothing but the state’s economic individuality, just as the natural region represents its geographical and nationality its ethnic individuality. 110 In doing so, it maps the world into imperial regions—but regions that, in contrast to the invisible abstraction of the world market’s exchange system, are geographically clearly demarcated. According to Kjellén, “in its great imperium” England already possesses “its sphere of interests. . Germany, however, must still create its own sphere.

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