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Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe Kindle Edition
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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.
Lots of names and roles to deal with.
Author obviously knows his stuff and a good and intelligent narrative.
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.
Mazower is a good historian so this is very factual and I've been a bit unfair holding back a star but I really would like him to be a bit more angry about the while thing! I think we should still be angry about these horrific events that happened less than 100 years ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not read yet but have read 90% of Mark Mazower's books so expect this to be excellent as wellPublished 6 months ago by Mr M.
When you feel that everything about this terrifying period in our history has been written, along comes another aspect to fill one with amazement at man's inhumanity.Published 18 months ago by Emily Sivell
very good for an in depth analysis of the happenings of world war two. interesting read and good for uni workPublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Kate Thornbury
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