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By Mark Mazower

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2008 by means of Allen Lane

The robust, irritating historical past of Nazi Europe through Mark Mazower, one in every of Britain's major historians and bestselling writer of Dark Continent and Governing the realm

Hitler's Empire charts the panorama of the Nazi imperial mind's eye - from these economists who dreamed of turning Europe right into a large marketplace for German enterprise, to Hitler's personal plans for brand new transcontinental motorways passing over the ethnically cleansed Russian steppe, and earnest inner SS discussions of political idea, dictatorship and the rule of thumb of legislations. notably, this chilling account exhibits what occurred as those rules met fact. After their early battlefield triumphs, the financial ruin of the Nazis' political imaginative and prescient for Europe grew to become all too transparent: their allies bailed out, their New Order collapsed in army failure, they usually left in the back of a continent corrupted by means of collaboration, impoverished via looting and exploitation, and grieving the sufferers of struggle and genocide.

About the author:
Mark Mazower is Ira D.Wallach Professor of global Order stories and Professor of heritage Professor of heritage at Columbia college. he's the writer of Hitler's Greece: The adventure of career, 1941-44, Dark Continent: Europe's 20th Century, The Balkans: a brief History (which received the Wolfson Prize for History), Salonica: urban of Ghosts (which received either the Duff Cooper Prize and the Runciman Award) and Governing the area: The background of an Idea. He has additionally taught at Birkbeck collage, college of London, Sussex college and Princeton. He lives in New York.

Literary Awards
Lionel Trilling ebook Award (2009)
Hessell-Tiltman Prize Nominee (2008)

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1914, the army's thirst for a "preventative war" had gathered wide- spread support, and control of foreign policy had quietly passed to the general staff. After the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand at Sarajevo touched the match to the final crisis, Germany found itself in a race. When the Russians announced their decision to mobilize on July 29 and the French followed suit on August 1, the pressure on the kaiser intensified. If he failed to mobilize, the Schlieffen plan would be imperiled.

But at this critical point the offensive ground to a standstill. German losses had been heavy, supply lines were stretched peril- ously thin, and discipline began to give way as doned the hungry soldiers aban- fight to pillage captured supply depots. The Allies rallied, and in mid-July they struck back. Continuing the westward drive, a German column marches across the old battlefield of the Somme, a region in northern France that had been devastated when the German army withdrew the previous year.

Each kingdom placed its arms on the helmets, and oldregiments added battle honors and devices recalling heroics of long ago. Bright facings of regimenroyal line tal colors and lace decorated the —foreshad- uniforms; then, in 1910 owing the depersonalized war to come the army issued a less visible combat uniform in dull field — gray (see following pages). A cord attached to a 13th Uhlan Regiment lancer's cap kept him from losing it while mounted. The helmet plate bears battle honors of die Napoleonic Wars, including Waterloo.

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