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dc.contributor.advisorYost, David
dc.contributor.advisorAbenheim, Donald
dc.contributor.authorChurch, Peter D.
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:40Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:40Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49433
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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 Germany's 1938 Anschluss with Austria and Russia's 2014 annexation 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 Putin's 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.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/germanysanschlus1094549433
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleGermany's Anschluss with Austria and Russia's annexation of Crimea: an analytical comparisonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authorannexationen_US
dc.subject.authorAnschlussen_US
dc.subject.authorAustriaen_US
dc.subject.authorCrimeaen_US
dc.subject.authorHitleren_US
dc.subject.authorirredentismen_US
dc.subject.authorNazi Germanyen_US
dc.subject.authorPutinen_US
dc.subject.authorrevanchismen_US
dc.subject.authorRussiaen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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