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Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe [Paperback]

Mark Mazower
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30 April 2009

Mark Mazower's Hitler's Empire is a provocative account of the rise and fall of Nazi Europe by one of Britain's leading historians.

Hitler's empire was the largest, most brutal and most ambitious reshaping of Europe in history. Inspired by the imperial legacy of those such as the British, the Third Reich cast its shadow from the Channel Islands to the Caucasus and ruled hundreds of millions. Yet, as Mark Mazower's groundbreaking new account shows, it was an empire built on an illusion.

From Hitler's plans for vast motorways crossing an ethnically cleansed Russian steppe, to dreams of a German super-economy rivalling America's, Mazower reveals the lethal fusion of mass murder, modern managerialism and colossal incompetence that underpinned the Nazi New Order. Ultimately Hitler's empire ended up consuming its own, leaving destruction in its wake and finishing not just with the downfall of Germany, but an entire continent.

'Remarkable ... provocative ... an important new book'
   Adam Tooze, Sunday Telegraph

'A stunning survey ... breaks new ground'
   Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

'A first-class account'
   Richard Overy, Literary Review

'Brilliant ... a must for anyone who has a serious interest in the dreadful Third Reich'
  Justin Cartwright, Spectator

'Exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of the enterprise with forensic skill and wit'
   Christopher Silvester, Daily Express

Mark Mazower is the author of Inside Hitler's Greece, Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century, The Balkans - which won the Wolfson Prize for History - and Salonika: City of Ghosts, which won both the Runciman Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. He has taught at the University of Sussex, Princeton University and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is now Professor of History at Columbia University.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011929
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] beautifully constructed account of life under the horrifying Nazi empire ! Splendid' - Norman Stone, Guardian 'Remarkable ! provocative ! an important new book' - Adam Tooze, Sunday Telegraph 'A brilliant account' - David Cesarani, Independent 'A first-class account' - Richard Overy, Literary Review 'Brilliant ! a must for anyone who has a serious interest in the dreadful Third Reich' - Justin Cartwright, Spectator 'Exposes the intellectual bankruptcy of the enterprise with forensic skill and wit' - Christopher Silvester, Daily Express

About the Author

Mark Mazower is the author of Inside Hitler's Greece, Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century, The Balkans, which won the Wolfson Prize for History, and Salonika: City of Ghosts, which won both the Runciman Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. He has taught at the University of Sussex, Princeton University and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is now Professor of History at Columbia University.


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Empire 28 May 2009
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It is easy to be shocked and shrink back in horror when reading about the atrocities committed by the Nazis and their allies in Eastern Europe during WW2. However, Mazover writes about this sinister subject in a descriptive and readable way that makes the book bearable to read for ordinary readers like me. This does not mean that he writes without empathy for the victims, but since most of us now know about Nazi attitudes and their treatment of Slavs, Gypsies and Jews - and Mazover does not underestimate his reader - he leaves the moral indignation to us by painstakingly accounting for what happened. Thus, if you are not completely morally perverted the book cannot but make an impact. For one like me who is no specialist on the subject, but who grew up in occupied territory during the war, this book is both informative and revealing as to how lightly we were treated here in Norway compared with for instance Poland. For all who are interested in this dark chapter of European history: This is the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but a drag in places. 29 Nov 2009
By K. Page
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The Second World War has been the most documented war in history and probably the
most documented event of any kind. As such it is not easy to find a different angle
on those events, but with "Hitler's Empire" author Mark Mazower does just that.

Pretty much ignoring the military campaigns, the book focusses on how the Nazis
ran the vast areas they overran so quickly and how affairs became a tug-of-war
between civil servants who wanted to get busses running, shops open and farms
producing, and murderous psychopaths like Arthur Greiser and Odilo Globocnik
who just wanted to kill everyone.

Mark Mazower has obviously done his homework and his fluid writing style is a
pleasure to read but he tends to repeat himself and many of the chapters overlap.
The final section of the book is a monologue on the creation of modern Europe
which felt oddly as if it was written by someone else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent modern view of history 8 Jan 2010
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As always, Mozower is offering a fresh view of history, avoiding the conventional stereotypes of past readings. Through the pages of his book, you can comprehend a much more logical historical flow: The German occupation was much diversed from country to country. Viccitudes of ideology and doctrines occured all the time. Within Nazi Germany were a lot of strongly diverging opinions and policies, between the Party, the beaurocratic State, the Army, the SS, the old imperial status etc.Many ways of the Hitlerian policy were somehow parallel to the ones followed by the other European "democratic" countries. Even the period of Nazi occupation in Europe, was as everchanging, variable, depending on local,time, economic and psychological parameters, as every other period of the human history. And that is the main moral lesson contained into Mozower's achievement. Its main value too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 8 Feb 2013
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very good for an in depth analysis of the happenings of world war two. interesting read and good for uni work
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and relevant account 15 Aug 2009
By Sir Bob
Format:Paperback
I say relevant because the detail in this book is excellent in explaining why Nazi decisions were made, the environments they were made in and the causes of many of the early events in the empire building.
In these days of resurgent far-right groups and even conservative feelings of nationalism, a book such as this, which explores how a regime and population can feel empire building for nationhood is the right response, is a timely reminder of what can happen.
After dealing with how the national socialists defined their cause and strategy, the book continues in detail of how they attempted to execute their plan and how the changes brought on by the war effected these plans. The move from planning relocation to extermination is explained with reference to all factors and players. It could never explain the idea as that is impossible but it gives a very full insight in to how the situation changed and who and where the pressure was applied from.

This is a full account of Hitlers planned empire, encompassing fully also how Himmler had his priorities and plans for the east of Europe. In this day and age an understanding of past mistakes in such detail and accuracy is great contribution.
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