Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

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Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by Futurist » 19 Sep 2018 23:44

Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum or something similar?

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Re: Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by Steve » 26 Sep 2018 02:34

Perhaps you could say that Italy did with its dreams of an African empire and the takeover of Albania. Most of the east european countries seem to have had territorial disputes with neighbours but these were not about living space.

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Re: Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by Futurist » 27 Sep 2018 07:27

Steve wrote:
26 Sep 2018 02:34
Perhaps you could say that Italy did with its dreams of an African empire and the takeover of Albania. Most of the east european countries seem to have had territorial disputes with neighbours but these were not about living space.
Yeah, I know about Spazio vitale and the reason that I didn't mention it here is because I don't consider Italy a minor Axis Power.

Also, it's interesting that the smaller Axis powers weren't interest in Lebensraum very much. Of course, I'm wondering about Romania--did it plan to give the parts of Ukraine which it occupied and which had few Romanians to Germany at the end of the war had the Axis actually won World War II? Or did it plan to keep all of its occupied territories in Ukraine for itself in the event of an Axis WWII victory?

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Re: Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by Mita2002 » 09 Oct 2018 07:39

Romania planned to annex the land between the Dniester and the Bug, known as the Transnistria governorate. The Romanians reopened the churches, closed by the Bolsheviks, organised 2200 schools, 117 high schools. They also reopened the Odessa university, several theatres, museums, libraries and cinemas. A census was conducted in the winter of 1941, and in 1942, the Transnistria governorate was divided into 13 counties. In late 1941, Adolf Hitler asked the Romanian prime minister and Conducător Ion Antonescu If Romania was capable of controlling the entire area up to the Dniepr. Romania responded that it will not annex the area untill after the war, but will provide occupation forces.

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Re: Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by Peter89 » 12 Dec 2018 08:59

Romania had territorial disputes with her other neighbours, eg. Bulgaria - Dobruja, Serbia - Banat, Hungary - Transsylvania, Partium and the Great Plain to the Tisza river.

The Croats had their own imagination of greater Croatia (especially regarding Fiume / Istria), the Slovaks under were convinced that they are one folk with the Rusyns and therefore they are entitled to annex the Carpathian Ruthenia, as well as other territories in Hungary. The Hungarians were illusioned with their former borders before the Trianon treaty which included not only the whole Carpathian basin, but Croatia as well.

Of course, every aspiration would have lead to a high amount of minorities, which every Eastern European nation sought to repress, assimilate or exterminate.
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Re: Did any of the minor Axis nations have an ideology of Lebensraum?

Post by FlyingStukas » 18 Dec 2018 11:24

Not really an entirely "Lebensraum" concept, but the Independent State of Croatia annexed (illegitimately) Bosnia and Herzegovina and a part of Serbia. Again same discriminatory rules applied, Croats ruled, Bosnian Muslims were now proclaimed Croat Muslims and Orthodox Serbs were designed to leave, by genocide or other means.

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