Hitler's Empire by Mark Mazower
How the Nazis Ruled Europe

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Draw ing on an unprecedented range and variety of original research, Hitler's Empire sheds new light on how the Nazis designed, maintained, and lost their European dominion-and offers a chilling vision of what the world would have become had they won the war. Mark Mazower forces us to set aside timeworn opinions of the Third Reich, and instead shows how the party drew inspiration for its imperial expansion from America and Great Britain. Yet the Nazis' lack of political sophistication left them unequal to the task of ruling what their armies had conquered, despite a shocking level of cooperation from the overwhelmed countries. A work as authoritative as it is unique, Hitler's Empire is a surprising-and controversial- new appraisal of the Third Reich's rise and ultimate fall.
 

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Mark Mazower is the author of numerous books on 20th-century European history, including Inside Hitler’s Greece, Dark Continent, The Balkans and Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950. He is program director of the Center for International History at Columbia University, and he also writes about world affairs for the Financial Times, among other publications.
 
Published September 18, 2008 by Penguin Press HC, The. 768 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The author's tone is almost detached, but his documentation is overwhelming: Rich and poor Greeks have their say, as do Germans and American observers, and it's clear that even at the peak of its success, Nazi rule--nearly unchallenged and seemingly invincible- -included ``sadistic overtones.'' H...

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While Norway, the Netherlands and other northern countries were inhabited by suitably Germanic peoples, the Slav nations were not, and Himmler’s ambitious resettlement plan aimed to send pure-blood German “farmer-soldiers” into model villages while driving the ethnic natives and Jews steadily eas...

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Henceforth, international order would emerge on a different basis, guided by different hands.” “Hitler’s Empire” is a useful antidote to the argument — most recently advanced in Nicholson Baker’s “Human Smoke” — that World War II was neither necessary nor just.

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Resistance was met with immediate and disproportionate retaliation: according to their own estimates, the German military killed 73 Belarussians for every dead German.

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Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe by Mark Mazower 768pp, Allen Lane, £30 Germany, since 1949 a well-run and very successful country, should obviously have a seat on the UN Security Council.

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Hitler's Empire : Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe by Mark Mazower Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop It was always a source of...

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London Review of Books

The Nazis didn’t abandon the idea of creating an overseas colonial empire, but they believed that Germany had to become a world power first, and the way to this led through Europe.

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Bookmarks Magazine

A work as authoritative as it is unique, Hitler's Empire is a surprising-and controversial- new appraisal of the Third Reich's rise and ultimate fall.

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Book Geeks

A scholarly book of epic proportions, Hitler’s Empire deals with a story told by others many times before – that of the destruction wrought by Hitler and his cohorts during the Second World War, and the way they dealt with the territories they invaded and occupied.

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Military.com

Mazower shows important continuities where Nazi behavior can be linked to earlier German brutality and where German ethnic struggles with the Poles and Czechs had a long history, but he alternates this with repeated references to the differences between Germany's World War I and World War II occu...

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There were many other factors, not least the persistent envy in German circles after 1919 of the other imperial powers: empire still seemed attractive to those who did not have one, or one large enough, and Mazower shows how Japanese and Italian imperial ambitions meshed with German in trying to ...

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The campaign that had been designed to force the British to capitulate had in fact cemented the new alliance that would ultimately defeat Germany.” The carnage — militarily and civilian — for the balance of the war was so astounding that I found myself becoming numb to the body count at several ...

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