Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

by Timothy Snyder
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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

Americans think of World War II as “The Good War.” But before it even began, America's ally Stalin had shot and starved millions of his own citizens; he would continue to do so throughout the war. American soldiers liberated concentration camps, but they never reached the death factories, killing fields, and starvation sites in the East where Hitler and Stalin murdered civilians on a massive scale. In twelve years, in deliberate killing policies unrelated to combat, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed fourteen million people in a zone of death between Berlin and Moscow. At war's end, these bloodlands fell behind the iron curtain, leaving their history in darkness. In Bloodlands, acclaimed historian Timothy Snyder offers a groundbreaking investigation of the place where Europeans were murdered by the millions, providing a fresh account of the atrocities perpetrated by the two regimes. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

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ISBN-13: 9780465032976
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 109,933
File size: 5 MB
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.

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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.
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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
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