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Colonial Paradigms of Violence

Comparative Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Killing

Herausgegeben von Michelle Gordon and Rachel O’Sullivan

Reihe: European Holocaust Studies; Bd. 4

European Holocaust Studies (EHS) publishes key international research results on the murder of the European Jews and its wider contexts.

In recent years, scholars have rediscovered Hannah Arendt`s »boomerang thesis« – the »coming home« of European colonialism as genocide on European soil – as well as Raphael Lemkin`s work around his definition of genocide and the importance of its colonial dimensions. Germany and other European states are increasingly engaging in debates on comparing the Holocaust to other genocides and cases of mass killing, memorialization, »decolonization« and attempts to come to terms with the past (»Vergangenheitsbewältigung«).

Dorota Glowacka: »The Vanished World«: Cultural Genocide of Eastern European Jews through the Lens of Settler Colonial Studies
Carroll P. Kakel: »One should take America as a model«: How Hitler Used American Westering as Legitimation
for the Nazi Lebensraum Empire
Jack Palmer: Genocide, Occupation, Extinction: A Conceptual Constellation in the Thought of Raphael Lemkin

Michelle Gordon

Michelle Gordon is a researcher at the Hugo Valentin Center at Uppsala University, Sweden, and currently heads the project, »The »Civilised« Nature of Nineteenth-Century Warfare? British and German Practices of Violence in Colonial and Intra-European ...


Rachel O’Sullivan

Rachel O`Sullivan is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Holocaust Studies, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. She completed her MA at University College Dublin and her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. She has previously ...



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