Books by Mark Mazower

Mark Mazower, professor of history, specializes in modern Greece, 20th century Europe, and international history. The Nazi New Order in Europe and its aftermath (social, cultural, psychological), Nation-states and minorities. He has a BA in classics and p

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A simultaneously sweeping and intimate family portrait."
A family's complicated past recounted in exacting detail. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"A well-articulated, meticulously supported study."
Mazower (History/Columbia Univ. Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe, 2008, etc.) explores the evolution of internationalism. Read full book review >
HITLER’S EMPIRE by Mark Mazower
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"A tireless, immensely valuable reassessment of the entire Nazi edifice and its breakdown."
Astute, systematic study traces the roots of the Nazi obsession with a Greater Germany and its murderous, ultimately inept implementation across Europe. Read full book review >
Released: April 29, 2005

"History on a grand scale, with themes to match."
Engrossing study of a city that three cultures, religions and peoples can call home. Read full book review >
THE BALKANS by Mark Mazower
Released: Nov. 10, 2000

"A fascinating portrait, and a convincing analysis. (8 maps, chronology)"
A skillful navigation of the stormy seas of Balkan history. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

A masterful account of Europe's cursed century. When the smoke cleared from the ruins of the Second World War, many observers assumed that Europe as it had been known for centuries had come to an end. From the physical destruction of cities to the moral catastrophe of fascism and Nazism, it seemed as though those on the Continent had committed a collective suicide. A new type of war—cold—hovered on the horizon, leading some to envision the planet's complete and final destruction. But as British historian Mazower (Univ. of Sussex; Inside Hitler's Greece, 1993) makes clear, things weren—t always like this. The century had begun with high hopes, dashed by the bloody conflict of the Great War. Moreover, Europe's reconstruction and the relatively peaceful close of the Cold War give reason for hope. More insightfully, Mazower stresses that the very concept of "Europe" has metamorphosed with startling rapidity over the last hundred years. And this ability to change may well prove to be the continent's saving grace, he avers. The book is organized around the major three-way ideological struggle of the century: that between liberal democracy, fascism, and communism. Both fascism and communism claimed not only to be on the side of history, but also to be offering an end to it. Liberal democracy, the most modest of ideologies, appears to have weathered the storm best. Yet Mazower refuses to offer such platitudes as that liberal democracy "won" the Cold War or that we—ve therefore arrived at history's "end." Instead, as he explains in an epilogue, the task of "making Europe" continues to this day. Well written, with an excellent grasp of sources in several languages, this is a landmark study for the general reader. (10 maps) Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

Up-close, anecdotal look at the Nazi occupation in Greece, by Mazower (Modern History and International Relations/University of Essex). What with ideology, global strategies, and battle tales, it's easy to overlook what daily life was like for a non-Aryan nation under the Third Reich. From the German anti-aircraft gun in front of the Temple of Olympus and children playing a few yards from resistance fighters left hanging dead by their necks, to the utter disruption of family life and complete economic collapse, Mazower elucidates the particulars of Hitler's fate for non-Aryans. The author's tone is almost detached, but his documentation is overwhelming: Rich and poor Greeks have their say, as do Germans and American observers, and it's clear that even at the peak of its success, Nazi rule—nearly unchallenged and seemingly invincible- -included ``sadistic overtones.'' Hitler wanted to plunder Greece, and, according to Goering's orders, the German leaders ``could not care less...that people...are dying of hunger. Let them perish so long as no German starves.'' Mazower examines how this brutal policy clashed with Greek culture, inspiring local brigands to resistance. Anecdotal evidence abounds here, including stories of priests, whores, politicians, defeated soldiers, black marketeers, and men shipped to work in Germany. Meanwhile, Mazower explores the German experience as well: the satisfaction of controlling what was respected in the West as the birthplace of culture; the profound relief of serving in Greece, away from the Russian front; and, ultimately, the SS terror system as it bore down on the resistance. A grinding, horrific experience, intimately explored. (Seventy illustrations) Read full book review >