The Politics Of Illusion And Empire

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Western historians have traditionally depicted Germany's World War II policy on the Eastern front as simply a missed opportunity. According to this view, the Germans had only to take advantage of anti-Stalinist and anti-Bolshevik sentiment to insure a bloodless victory. The Politics of Illusion and Empire demonstrates that the German position was much more complex than is usually presented. This well-documented monograph centers on the critical nine month period from the autumn of 1942 to the summer of 1943. It examines the attitudes, efforts, and limitations of German civil and military officials during this time. The author describes foreign pressure for Eastern policy reform and the proposals for that reform. Mulligan also discusses agrarian reforms, German economic policies, and the crisis of the German anti-partisan effort, relating these efforts to Hitler's military strategy during this period. The conclusions point to the implausibility of the bloodless victory and support the revisionist approach to German economic and military policies of the time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275928377
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/21/1988
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,080,403
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

TIMOTHY PATRICK MULLIGAN is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration.

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Table of Contents

Credos of Illusion

Empire of Chaos

A Question of the Alliance: Foreign Pressure for Ostpolitik Reform

From Ostpolitik to Realpolitik: Proposals for a General Reform

Reform in Reichskommissariat Ukraine: Rosenberg vs. Koch

Reform in Reichskommissariat Ostland

Agrarian Reform

German Economic Policy: The Exploitation of Soviet Raw Materials and Labor

Conditions in the Areas Under German Military Government

Political Reform vs. Body Counts: The Crisis of the German Antiparitsan Effort

The Osttruppen: Askaris or Allies?

The General Who Spoke Russian

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