The Dark Side of Transnationalism: Social Engineering and Nazism, 1930s-40s

Kiran Klaus Patel*, S. Reichardt

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This article introduces the special section on the history of social engineering and Nazism during the 1930s and 1940s. It sketches the object of social engineering, the historiographical debates surrounding it, the place of Nazism in this discussion and the role of transnationality. Moreover, it introduces the contributions and discusses questions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-21
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • social engineering
  • Third Reich
  • transnational history
  • AXIS

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