Horror Vacui, Or How States Use Culture to Stabilize Authoritarian Rule
WZB Talk by Anna Skarpelis - Online Event
Racial purity and supremacy were core to Nazi Germany’s claims to European dominion. At the same time, their very own “racial scientific” research showed that most Germans were “mixed-race” and not majority “Nordic.” Given this dissonance between phenotypical aspirations to a Nordic ideal and the reality of a largely non-blond German population, how did the National Socialist regime maintain legitimacy to rule? Drawing on historical and archival sources, I show how culture and art were used to stabilize rule in authoritarian and colonial contexts. The talk closes with some challenges this historical case study poses for contemporary research on authoritarian rule and the governance of human difference.
Anna Skarpelis is Research Fellow of the Research Unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization.
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