Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe

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Allen Lane, 2008 - Europe - 725 pages
Hitler's Empire constituted the largest, most brutal and most ambitious reshaping of the continent ever attempted in Europe's history. Liberalism and democracy were swept aside, as Germany aimed to turn itself into the most powerful state on the continent, and to compel everyone else to recognize its mastery. Europe's future was to lie in a new racial order based on the uprooting, resettlement and extermination of millions of people. Hitler's Empire charts the landscape of the Nazi imperial imagination - from those economists who dreamed of turning Europe into a huge market for German business, to Hitler's own plans for new trans-continental motorways passing over the ethnically cleansed Russian steppe, and earnest in-house SS discussions of political theory, dictatorship and the rule of law.Above all, this chilling account shows too what happened as these ideas met reality. After their early battlefield triumphs, the sheer bankruptcy of the Nazis' political vision for Europe became all too clear: their allies bailed out, their New Order collapsed in military failure, and they left behind a continent corrupted by collaboration, impoverished by looting and exploitation, and grieving the victims of total war and genocide.

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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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The book presents what happened in Nazi-ruled Europe. Every chapter is set up about one topic, almost like self-contained essays, so it really doesn't need to be read front to back. This allows for ... Read full review

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Introduction
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18481918
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Versailles to Vienna
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Mark Mazower is a professor of history at Princeton University and has recently been appointed professor of history at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of several books, most recently Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century.

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