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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I never knew that the invading Germans, intended not to treat captured Polish soldiers as prisoners-of-war but simply shot many of them as they surrendered. These are stories that are not widely known in western circles. Nov 24, Holly timothyy it it was amazing Shelves: They sometimes held compatible goals as foes: Why not just starve people? Everyone should read this book. But the real tragedy is the story of Poland as a whole, a vibrant and independent civilization that was intentionally beheaded by the Germans and Soviets after and drawn and quartered for good measure, whose cities were subject to deliberate obliteration.

Timothy Snyder – Bloodlands – Hardcover

London Review of Books. Between and fourteen million people were killed in this “zone of death,” including 5. Not so, apparently, as the author documents how so very many blokdlands simply shot, including all those at Babi Yar.

To find other people incomprehensible is to abandon the search for understanding, and thus to abandon history.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin | Reviews in History

Each of the living bore a name. It is also a convenient excuse for political failure, why admit mistakes when you can blame the scapegoat. I would personally argue that the deficiencies in the general 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.


If we cannot do that, then Hitler and Stalin have shaped not only our world, but our humanity. The Stalinist regime had already starved millions and shot the better part of a million. Often the Germans and the Soviets goaded each other into escalations that cost more lives than the policies of either state by itself would have.

Snyder covers this territory with empathy that is rare in history books. The presumption of purpose is crucial in historical analysis. Snyder shies away from making any very controversial or daring conclusions a little disappointingly, in his final discussion of the political uses of memory and victimhood, he criticizes Poland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, among others, but refrains from even mentioning Israel ; nonetheless he’s clearly a great historian and a remarkable writer.

What it does do, admirably, is to explain and record.

And in bringing Not for the faint-hearted…or for bedtime reading. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

The attempt to set the Holocaust in a history of violence has for example been a consistent part of scholarship since even before the Second World War ended. This book brings the Nazi and Soviet regimes together, and Jewish and European history together, and the national histories together.

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

Or to put it another way, Snyder draws only geographical links boodlands the two tragedies — he does not attempt to find even partially overlapping explanations or implications for them. It is a story of heroics, when you think people would just give up.

Any discussion about who was worse is, at its core, idiotic. 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. There are more books on my shelf emblazoned with swastikas than I care to admit.


The Birthplace of Civilisation and Barbarism is published by Vintage. If a thesis is put forward in Bloodlands at all, it is where Snyder suggests that Nazi and Soviet violence interacted.

The result leaves one feeling hopeless, which is not to say that you should not read this work, just be prepared.

Yet without food there was little that even the kindest of strangers could do for such children. A historical research to the mass murders committed by Stalin and Hitler before and during the Second World War Together, the nazi and soviet regime massmurdered more than 14 million people. His shyder, rather, is to show that the two systems committed the same kinds of crimes at the same times and in the same places, that they aided and abetted one another, and above all that their interaction with one another led to more mass killing than either might have carried out alone.

Even intellectuals like Arthur Koestler temporised about the most horrible events – including widespread cannibalism – by insisting on the ultimate beneficence of socialism.

Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history. Even an invading army can pass over a land like a wave and leave society Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodlands” I don’t know enough about Eastern-European history to address Snyder’s claim that the mass killing of fourteen million bolodlands in Poland, Belarus, the Baltic states and western Russia was “the central event” of modern European history.

Before the Second World War, in the first six-and-a-half years after Hitler came to power, the Nazi regime killed no more than about ten thousand people.