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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. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. By Timothy Snyder. (New York, NY: Basic Books, Pp. $) The author of this.

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He takes a microscopic, bottom-up approach, that begins and ends with the human dimension as its main focus. All this modifies our view of this appalling period. With it, one is forced to confront intentions rimothy are only implicit and perhaps only shared by a very few with leadership positions.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder – review | Books | The Guardian

Snyder doesn’t so much ask “How? The implications for historical method are to me profound.

Timothy Snyder deserves great credit for presenting a new look at this sanguinary chapter of European history. Over the last few decades, scholars have unearthed all the threads of the anr Snyder tells, but his contribution is to lay it out as a clear and bloodlanvs narrative.

The millions who died and the millions more who suffered were not ‘collateral damage’ incidental to war, they were the point of the war on both sides. That seems sort of impossible, but I would like to know if you have a short list of favorites you could share.

Stalin shares blame for Hitler’s killing spree? Neal Ascherson writing for The Guardian said.

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

What I mean is though to my knowledge Snyder never puts it this way: Then they finally came across some people: Because we don’t want to believe that people can do such things to each other we should be reminded that we can.


Snyder insists that the colossal atrocities in his “bloodlands” have to be set inside a single historical frame. Snyder cites the number 14 million. He therefore goes through great pains to be an objective chronicler, without regard to the cherished myths of Poles, Jews, Russians, Ukrainians, etc.

Much of Germany and even more of Russia was unscathed, at least physically, by war. The Jewish Daily Forward. Many people lived under these regimes for the entire formative periods of their lives. A review of the book in the Ottawa Citizen summarized the number of victims:. This is history that deserves to be read, if for no other reason, to acknowledge the individual lives of so many innocent people deliberately murdered.

Though every 25 pages or so what appears on the page is so wrenching that one must close one’s eyes and shudder and wonder why this part of the story was largely bloodlandw. Commitment, loyalty, passion to and for ideals, no matter what they are, or leaders who represent these ideals, no matter who they are, are not virtues but tsalin.

The horrors that took place here are just a continuation of the policies of the Germans and Russians to control those lands.

To yield to this hitlet, to find other people inhuman, is to take a step toward, not away from, sttalin Nazi position. Sep 30, Brendan Hodge rated it it was amazing. These sorts of actions can only be perceived as errors in judgement if their real intent is ignored.

Just as Stalin blamed the peasants for the failure of collectivisation, Hitler blamed the Jews for his military failures in the east. Then the war starts and the killing increases in pace. Hardcoverpages.


Snyder filled his history with facts and figures throughout. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I really thought I knew a lot about the war in Europe, but I’m realizing that I was missing a huge piece of the picture.

Cambridge professor Richard Evanswho wrote a “blistering review” [22] of the book, commented, “It seems to me that he is simply equating Nazi genocide with the mass murders carried out in the Soviet Union under Stalin […] There is nothing wrong with comparing. We, living in civilized Western Europe or North America, have little comprehension of the level of ruthlessness of these altering occupiers. The murders were started in the early ‘s, when Stalin deliberatedly let more than 3 million people starve to death in the Ukraine.

This is a chilling but necessary book for anyone who wants to understand the central events of the twentieth century. As I read the work, I wondered how Germany west recovered from the war and rejoined the family of nations. For Snyder the very opposite is the case, Nazism and Sovietism were an attack on the European Enlightenment not a consequence of it.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

Moreover, both leaders seriously risked their own positions to pursue these aims, an indication of their centrality. And, he recounts the beautiful lives and tortured deaths they experienced.

These men were consistent in their pronouncements about what they intended to do and why.

How do we join the dots between the events described? Snyder reveals the little-known fact that the Polish minority were the main ethnic victims of the great terror between snhder