CONCLUDING REMARKS: THE THIRD REICH IN GERMAN AND EUROPEAN HISTORY
The attempt of Hitler’s Germany to make itself master of the old continent was a last display of European power politics in a style which already seemed anachronistic in view of the huge increase in the influence of the two peripheral powers, the US and the Soviet Union. The plan was to overrun Russia and make it a German colony, in readiness for what was seen as an inevitable struggle with the US. In addition Nazi Germany aimed to transform the nature of home and foreign policy by creating a worldwide racial utopia. This would alter the conditions of history once and for all; every social movement would find its termination in the biological myth of racial supremacy, and the greater Germanic Reich would eventually rule the world. The arrogance of this project, and the radical methods by which it was pursued, were sufficient to condemn it to failure.