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

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Columbia University historian Mazower (Inside Hitler's Greece) is a knowledgeable guide to the dynamics of Nazi domination of Europe. His focus is on the ambitions and foibles of the Nazi leaders, who believed that all of Europe could be made to serve German interests. As Mazower shows so well, almost nothing about the occupation had been planned beforehand. The Nazis improvised as their armies raced through Poland, the Soviet Union and the Low Countries, and Nazi generals and old-line bureaucrats fought among themselves for power and spoils. Mazower's most interesting commentary comes at the beginning, when he compares the Nazi imperium to other European empires, and at the end, when he demonstrates its long-lasting consequences. The breadth of Mazower's study is remarkable, but while not diminishing the toll of the Nazi anti-Semitism, he claims, contrary to many scholars, that core of the Nazi worldview was not anti-Semitism, but rather… the quest to unify Germans within a single German state. Pulitzer Prize–winner Saul Friedländer's coinage of redemptive anti-Semitism is far more effective at evoking the realities of Nazi rule than any of Mazower's formulations. Maps. (Sept.)
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Analyses of Nazi policies and administration have, of course, been written before. Most of them tend to concentrate on the criminal outrages perpetrated, including the efforts to implement the Final Solution. Mazower has written extensively on modern European history, and he currently serves as program director for the Center for International History at Columbia University. Although he doesn’t ignore the brutalities, Mazower’s focus is upon the day-to-day administrations of the conquered “empire,” particularly in Eastern Europe. For a supposedly totalitarian regime, Nazi administration there was surprisingly slipshod and inconsistent. Due to the rapidity of the military conquest, the occupiers never developed a broad and cogent plan of control, so much of the policy formulation was left to local military and party officials. They were expected to “work their way towards the Fuhrer,” which usually meant extreme political and racial suppression and severe exploitation of resources with little concern for the welfare of civilians. The inevitable result was resistance that slowly increased in effectiveness. This is a well-argued reexamination and will be a fine addition to European history collections. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B06XQZV2RJ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 25, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 19899 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 782 pages
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