Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder

Paperback(First Trade Paper Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Thursday, October 25  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

From the bestselling author of On Tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler's and Stalin's wars against the civilians of Europe in World War Two

Americans call the Second World War "The Good War."But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

Bloodlands won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into more than thirty languages, was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists, and was a bestseller in six countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031474
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 85,986
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War, and The Red Prince. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Preface: Europe vii

Introduction: Hitler and Stalin 1

1 The Soviet Famines 21

2 Class Terror 59

3 National Terror 89

4 Molotov-Ribbentrop Europe 119

5 The Economics of Apocalypse 155

6 Final Solution 187

7 Holocaust and Revenge 225

8 The Nazi Death Factories 253

9 Resistance and Incineration 277

10 Ethnic Cleansings 313

11 Stalinist Anti-Semitism 339

Conclusion: Humanity 379

Numbers and Terms 409

Abstract 415

Acknowledgments 419

Bibliography 423

Notes 463

Index 507

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
HarryVane More than 1 year ago
For those that are not familiar with the Second World War, or the history of modern Europe, Bloodlands will be a shocking introduction to the destruction wrought by the forces of Stalinism and National Socialism on the people of Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltic Republics. Contrary to popular history and the prejudiced American accounts of the Second World War, the "Bloodlands," the ideological battlefield of the war, was where Nazism was ultimately defeated, but not before the complete annihilation of their Jewish communities and the ascension of Stalin's Iron Curtain throughout Eastern Europe. It is a poignant and often-times chilling account of the experiences of diverse peoples, beginning with Stalin's famine policy on the Ukraine to the Einsatzgruppen's monstrous campaign of mass murder to, ultimately, the forced ethnic cleansing of post-war Europe. As Americans, we truly do not understand, to this day, the magnitude and horror unleashed by the terrible forces of National Socialism and Stalinism-our images of those atrocities are limited to the liberation of the concentration camps. The reality: most Jews were executed, a bullet to the back of the head and buried within mass graves. Snyder fails to provide a more concise account of Stalin's anti-Semitism (and his near purge of Jewish doctors) along with a flippant account of the Soviet re-conquest of the bloodlands following the defeat of Nazi Germany. The author does mention Russian atrocities in relation to the invasion of Germany (characterized by mass rape and pillage) but does so in passing. Despite these weaknesses, Bloodlands still is a great historical read and a must for any serious student of European history.`
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sobering & insightful accounting of the civilian/military horror of events culminating in 14 million casualties in Eastern Europe & Western Russia. Hitler and Stalin were true madmen...wish I had this history book available during my high school/college years. However, after 1989 and the opening of Russian archives following the collapse of the Soviet Union, I can learn what I never before knew about these tortured "Bloodlands".
timh More than 1 year ago
Bloodlands, Euorpe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder. This book covers the chronological period of approximately 1930 (when Stalin gained preeminent power in the Soviet Union and initiated the collective agriculture program) and 1945 (end of WWII). In between, Hitler rose to power and planned German expansion in the east - 1933, Stalin in the Great Terror sought to eliminate the anti-collectivist kulaks - 1937 - 38, the Germans and Soviets split divided Poland and both murdered the inteligentsia - 1939, Germany broke the alliance and invaded Soviet Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine, Belarus and eastern Russia - 1939, and Russians repelled the Germans and ultimately occupied east Germany and much of central and eastern Europe. These events precipitated the deliberate murder in this geographical area of about 14 million people, the topics of this book. Fourteen million is only a fraction of number of deaths during WWII as the book only deals with deliberate murders in this area, largely of non-combatant civilians and not combantant deaths or millions of incidental civilian casualties of the war. Bloodlands does deal with the deaths of 5.4 million Jews in the Holocaust, but they are only part of the victims of the Holocaust and a substantial but not majority of all deaths considered. It is an excellent book, particularly for those of us who were raised to see WWII as a battle primarily on the western front which had relatively few casualties. Snyder's concluding chapter on "Humanity" is worth reading even by those who do not have time for the rest of the book. What it says about human nature and evil is deeply, deeply disturbing and fearful. It makes it very difficult for me to be optimistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great look at where the suffering and dying was in WW2. Little too academic but still fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down. It was as fascinating as it was infuriating and depressing. I recommend it to everyone. My gripe is about the ebook. It replaced many of the Polish characters with a little box. Every five pages or so, the page swipe would cease to work and I would have to manually type in the next page number.
KynaKL More than 1 year ago
Finally a comprehensive history of the people who were occupied, oppressed and persecuted by the Hilter and Stalin regimes has been written. This story has been dominated by an incomplete narrative. A more complete history was not written because the people of Eastern Europe were under the occupation of USSR until the eighties; and so, the rest of the world wrote their history for them. Snyder has done the scholarly work, learned the languages, uncovered the locked-up archives of this region and has written the complete story that expands upon the conventional popular narrative. Unfortunately some (including commenters here) consider any thing that shines light upon a more complete truth of this period to be anti-Semitic. Find out for yourself. Don't let that accusation leave you uninformed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
historybuff2 More than 1 year ago
This is basically another holocaust book. I do not mean to be disrespectful, but I am holocausted out.. I was under the impression that this book would be about the balkland countries during WWI (i.e battles, etc) The book starts out good with the rise of the NAZI party , Stalinism, the atrocities committed by both Hitler and Stalin, not just on the Jews, but the entire population of those living in the Balkland countries. I also think the author did a wonderful job on showing what Hitlers plans were and what Stalins plans were with the Balkland countries (both assuming they were going to win the war) Halfway through, this book basically becomes what happened to the Jews during this time. It is terrible what happeneded to the Jews during the holocaust, however, millions of other people also suffered. When writing about WWI and the atrocities, if an author can only write about what happened to the Jews ,then in my opinion the author is very biased. If an author wants to write about only what happened to the Jews, fine- but advertise it that way. I do believe we have to learn about history, so we do not repeat it. I would like to say I can only hope that another genocide would not occur, but unfortunately genocide has occurred in recent history (Rwanda as an example) and I’m afraid it will continue to happen. . I also gave this book 2 stars because at times I became lost with all the numbers. It seems like the author used too many statistics and numbers to make his point. Yes, it was well researched, but the use of too many numbers and statistics gets confusing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago