The Nazis in the Balkans: A Case Study of Totalitarian Politics

The Nazis in the Balkans: A Case Study of Totalitarian Politics

The Nazis in the Balkans: A Case Study of Totalitarian Politics

The Nazis in the Balkans: A Case Study of Totalitarian Politics

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When the Third Reich collapsed in the spring of 1945, it left behind a vast number of official documents dealing with virtually every facet of German life. Almost all of this primary material is now available to scholars, but owing in large part to its sheer bulk, much of it has remained unexplored. This is particularly true of material covering the activities of organizations that were not constantly bathed in the glaring light of National Socialist or Allied propaganda. The neglect is unfortunate for a number of reasons. An analysis of the growth and activities of such agencies is often quite rewarding, not only for the insight it may yield into the routine operation of the National Socialist totalitarian system but also because such organizations often had a surprising amount of policy-making authority; the work of the secondary agencies at times involved far more than merely the execution . . .

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