Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe

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Penguin Books, 2009 - Europe - 725 pages
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.

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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

While there were parts of this book that were quite intriguing, in general, I found the book to be a bit bloated and scatter-shot. The last few chapters, dealing with the post-war era, weren't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

This book aspires to describe in one volume the conduct of government in Europe under the Nazi German hegemon. Thus the author sets himself the task of covering the Final Solution, slave labor ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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