Accession Number : AD1026157

Title :   Germany's Anschluss with Austria and Russia's Annexation of Crimea: An Analytical Comparison

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Personal Author(s) : Church,Peter D

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : This thesis compares the irredentist and revanchist actions of Nazi Germany and the contemporary Russian Federation with regard to violent and coercive changes of borders as an element of statecraft. It presents an analytical comparison of Nazi Germanys 1938 Anschluss with Austria and Russias 2014annexation of Crimea with regard to nationalist sentiment and geopolitical aims. Although the revanchist moves share striking similarities, the nationalist movements, political goals, and methods of annexation differ significantly. The Hitler comparison is a frequently used political mechanism to simplify issues and galvanize support. However, using the comparison for Vladimir Putins behavior impedes serious strategic analysis and frustrates diplomatic dialogues. Such hasty and ill-founded analogies should be avoided in the interests of analytical clarity and the formulation of effective responses and solutions.

Descriptors :   Germany , Austria , Russia , national politics , political systems , governments , ethnic groups

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Humanities and History
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE