Inside Hitler's Greece : The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44, Paperback Book

Inside Hitler's Greece : The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44 Paperback

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This gripping and richly illustrated account of wartime Greece explores the impact of the Nazi Occupation upon the lives and values of ordinary people.

The first full account of the experience of occupation, it offers a vividly human picture of resistance fighters and black marketeers, teenage German conscripts and Gestapo officers, Jews and starving villagers. "Fascinating...[Mazower] succeeds in getting under the skin of the occupation...[This book] conjures up, in vivid detail, life under an occupation that had shattered old certainties and replaced them with painful choices, cynical compromises, and hopes undercut by the daily death toll."-Mark Almond, New York Times "A vivid picture of the German occupier's mind and actions...Mazower's arguments are always fair."-Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review "A superb book on the horrors afflicting wartime Greece...[Mazower] has done vast archival research and emerged with a gripping, readable and human account, setting every moment of a tragic period in appropriate context."-Fritz Stern, Foreign Affairs "[A] sensitive, illuminating and richly textured account of painful, complex experience."-Richard Overy, Observer Mark Mazower is professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Dark Continent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, 70 b-w illus.
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780300089233



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Mazower has clearly had access to a lot of research on this topic. He provides clear directions where Left and Right became hard-to-define entities, and usefully adds information on what happened to the principal Germans who were involved in the occupation of Greece. The book might have benefited from checks by native speakers of Greek, German and Italian, and from more and clearer maps. Sometimes it seems like the author repeats dry lists of events, village after village, without locating these. As a historian, Mazower is attempting to maintain some objectivity, but sometimes the lack of empathy for people's motives leaves the reader wanting more. Good history book, but not of the same level as his other Balkan books.

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