Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil) refers to an ideology that focuses on ethnicity based on two factors, descent blood (of a folk) and Heimat (homeland – soil).
It celebrates the relationship of a people to the land they occupy and cultivate, and it places a high value on the virtues of rural living.
The German expression was coined in the late 19th century, in tracts espousing racialism and national romanticism.
Georg von Sluyterman Langeweyde
It produced a regionalist literature, with some social criticism.
This romantic attachment was widespread prior to the rise of National Socialism.
Major figures in 19th-century German agrarian romanticism included Ernst Moritz Arndt and Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl, who argued that the peasantry represented the foundation of the German people and conservatism.
Ultranationalists, predating National Socialism, often supported country living as more healthy, with the Artaman League sending urban children to the countryside to work, in hopes of transforming them into ‘Wehrbauern’.
Richard Walther Darré popularized the phrase at the time of the rise of Nazi Germany; he wrote a book called ‘Neuadel aus Blut und Boden’ (A New Nobility Based On Blood And Soil) in 1930, which proposed a systemic eugenics program, arguing for breeding as a means of solving many of the problems plaguing the state.
Darré was an influential member of the NSDAP, and a noted race theorist, who assisted the party greatly in gaining support among common Germans outside the cities.
Adolf Wissel – Bauernfamilie
Prior to their ascension to power, the National Socialists called for a return from the cities to the countryside.
This agrarian sentiment allowed opposition to both the middle class and the aristocracy, and presented the farmer as a superior figure beside the moral swamp of the city.
The doctrine not only called for a “back to the land” approach and re-adoption of rural values; it held that German land was bound mystically to German blood.
Peasants were cultural heroes, who held charge of German racial stock and German history – as when a memorial of a medieval peasant uprising was the occasion for a speech by Darré praising them as force and purifier of German history
This would also lead them to understand the natural order better, and in the end, only the man who worked the land really possessed it.
Urban culture was decried as a weakness, “asphalt culture”, that only the Führer’s will could eliminate.
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