Science, Culture and Politics. Germany's cultural policy and scientific relations with Greece 1933-1945
Title: Science, Culture and Politics. Germany's cultural policy and scientific relations with Greece 1933-1945
Author: ZARIFI, Maria
Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Mülle
Citation: Saarbrücken, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2010
This book studies the scientific relations the German National Socialists developed with Greece and how they tried through these relations to exercise cultural, political and economic influence. The investigation, however, goes back to the Weimar years and unfolds the beginnings of Germany's Foreign Cultural Policy and the mobilization of science in the country's efforts to regain its lost "place in the sun" and escape the isolation after its defeat in WWI. The author tries to cast some light to problems like continuities and discontinuities or analogies in concepts and practices between the Weimar and the Nazi period in the interacted fields of science, culture and foreign affairs. The study focuses on the small peripheral country of Europe, Greece, well known for its ancient culture but not its scientific achievements, and tries to understand Germany's interest to promote its scientific relations with a country with poor performance in modern science but with high geo-strategic importance.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements v Abbreviations vii List of Tables ix Introduction 3 PART I. 1 Scientific internationalism and national culture 13 2 German science under threat and the Weimar Republic’s rescuing policies 53 3 The emerging interest in the Balkans and the significance of Greece. 99 PART II. 4 Science, culture and the economic interests of Nazi Germany in South-eastern Europe 137 5 Cultural propaganda in Greece during National Socialism 215 6. The German-Greek biological institute in Piraeus 283 Conclusions 341 Sources / Bibliography 353