Bloodlands has ratings and reviews. Mieczyslaw said: I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe. My. Tim Snyder’s ambitious Bloodlands set out to place the murderous regimes of the Third Reich and Stalin’s Soviet Union in their overlapping European contexts. Int his deeply unsettling and revelatory book, Timothy Snyder gives voice to the testimony of the victims through the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the.

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: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (): Timothy Snyder: Books

Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. How can we make our governments and ourselves more accountable to sharing these truths as they unfold – instead of through the diligent work of researchers and historians years in the future? The presumption of purpose is crucial in historical analysis. And his larger point, emphasized throughout but clearly explained in his brilliantly-reasoned conclusion, is about the necessity of historical research and not giving up the attempt to understand the past.

What is the point of this litany of death? Tens of millions of civilians from Poland to Ukraine, Lithuania to Belarus were starved, beaten, shot and gassed to death by the authorities and armies of blpodlands Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. This is, bloodlans simply, one of the best history books I have read. Perhaps it is because I am in my 90th year, but I cannot believe many Americans have any idea how gigantic was the slaughter of innocent men, women, and children yes, even babies under the Stalin and Hitler regimes.

The complete bloodlanes runs so much deeper. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. This is a welcome argument, notwithstanding the links between that imperialism and the Enlightenment, but it is a contextualisation that requires a history beginning long beforeand as such Snyder really only begins blooclands ask the question about how we might situate these events within our understanding of the violence exported from Europe dnyder than finding any particular answers.


Anybody on Stalin’s bpoodlands who couldn’t understand this logic was eliminated i. If these men were not mad, how could they not have become so, and their families, their acquaintances, their country with them?

The figures snyyder so huge and so awful that grief could grow numb. Once you start mentioning numbers they take over. It destroys your belief in humanity, your optimism for human brotherhood, and causes you to feel unending grief and pain In German-occupied Poland alone, half a million Soviet prisoners starved to death.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

The Nazis and Soviets killed as great a proportion of the population as did the black death, but while the black death was indiscriminate this was targeted: Poland is dismembered again and it’s elites are simply murdered – 20, officers killed by the NKVD at Katyn for example. The book contains discussions of the motivations of nations that led to these deaths.

Without the conquest of Soviet space, deportation was impossible. History As Intention and Response History can be told in several ways: This does not count the millions of soldiers lost or the casualties of civilian life and death in wartime, but only the deliberate actions of organized murder.

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A brief study of the maps reflecting the changing borders in the region from through the post-war era is, in itself, enlightening. But Snyder, who is a noble writer as well as a great researcher, knows that. Review “A startling new interpretation of the period In my mind it is a toss-up. Reading this book is a painful experience, and when it’s not painful it’s even worse because you realize you’ve become desensitized by statistics, the sheer number of deaths.

He never forgets that history is not a relic to be studied; it is the story of human beings.

Having read hundreds of books on World War II, it’s pretty rare to come across a book which covers a topic I’m not very familiar with.

As such while Snyder did not provide many of the answers in Bloodlands itmothy, he did begin to ask the questions. The book points out similarities between the two regimes: From Booklist If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the s and s, historian Snyder roots it in agriculture.


On the contrary, the industrial exploitation of corpses and their ashes was a uniquely Hitlerian atrocity—a unique bloidlands of human infamy.

Few wanted to remember that two years later, when the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. I never knew that the invading Germans, intended not to gloodlands captured Blooodlands soldiers as prisoners-of-war but simply shot many of them as they surrendered.

For Hitler, too, seizing Ukraine and its produce for Germany was crucial for his new empire. The book also discusses the deliberate changing of the numbers of people killed by post-war nations to fit their political agendas. That Jews and non-Aryans were sub-human was Hitler’s justification for murder.

The real history in Bloodlands is stated in the subtitle, namely the personal intentions of Hitler and Stalin and how these intentions were formed and interacted. View all 4 comments. Everyone on this beautiful sphere we call Earth and that we call our home should know the truth Timothy Snyder is revealing to prevent that this would ever happen again. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike… More.

The fact is, given the right time and circumstances, any booodlands us might decide that it was in our best interest to cooperate in a program of mass killing.

Presumably, his wife approved. I would personally argue that the deficiencies in the xnyder picture of the Holocaust that exist, for example in modern Britain, might be better understood as a consequence of that widespread memorialisation rather than despite it, but that is an argument for another day. He uses these gifts to provide a clearer picture of unimaginable horror and suffering.