Vol.1 IDEOLOGY, THE NAZI STATE, AND THE COURSE OF EXPANSION
“Dealing with the military phase of Hitler’s expansion, Rich tells an absorbing story of Germany’s relentless drive in every direction and provides a vivid account of the relations between Hitler and his newly acquired subjects and satellites.” —Hans W. Gatzke, Political Science Quarterly
In this volume Norman Rich shows how Hitler's policies followed his blueprint of expansion, outlined in Mein Kampf and based mainly on racial ideology, until political and military necessities, real and imagined, drove him to war against nations that played no part in his ideological programme. After an introduction that places Hitler and the Nazi regime in the perspective of German history, Professor Rich relates Hitler's actual theories to the rise of the Nazi state and the development of a system of men and institutions dedicated to carrying out the Führer's orders. This system was to provide the machinery of expansion that becomes the focus of this study, as the spread of the Nazis is traced in detail from the annexation of Austria to Hitler's attack on Russia and declaration of war against the United States.
Vol.2 THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW ORDER
As its greatest extent Nazi Germany reached from the coast of France to the west bank of the Volga at Stalingrad, a domain even vaster than Hitler had envisaged in his blueprints for conquest. With millions of people under Nazi control, what measures did Hitler promulgate to extend his ideology beyond the borders of his own country, to bring the subject nations into a pan-German racial state that would be free of Jews, Slavs, and other “non-Aryans”? In seeking answers to these questions, Norman Rich carries his study of Hitler’s war aims to the actual policies implemented in the countries that came under German occupation before and during the Second World War. In doing so, he provides a fitting sequel to his previous volume on Hitler’s diplomatic and military ventures, a work that was hailed by H. R. Trevor-Roper as “amply documented, thoroughly scholarly in method, scrupulous in detail; sensible in judgment.”
After an opening chapter that describes the treatment of the Jews in German society, the focus shifts to the government and administration of the conquered countries—ranging from those nations with a substantial population of ethnic Germans to those, such as the Balkan states, where few, if any, “Germanic” peoples could be found. To round out the account, Professor Rich also deals with Hitler’s intentions toward countries and continents that never were brought into the Nazi empire. The volume provides a comprehensive picture of the world that would have existed had Hitler achieved the totality of his war aims.