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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The survival of Poland and Polish civilization at all seems a complete miracle. The book received favourable reviews in BBC History [17] The Seattle Times[18]the New York Observer [19] and has been described as “an impeccably researched history of mass killings in the eastern part of midth-century Europe” by Robert Gerwarth in the Irish Times. Then the war starts and the killing increases in pace.

Reading this book was like watching images from a panoramic camera hovering over eastern Europe and Stalin’s Russian Federation – with brief panning out to Japan and back – between and Even those who pride themselves on knowing their history will find themselves repeatedly brought up short by his insights, contrasts and comparisons.

Snyder helped Tony Judt to compose a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, Thinking the Twentieth Century While much of western historiography has been focused on the Holocaust, the Jews comprised 5.

He has a snyrer, unadorned writing style that is appropriate to the subject matter. Starvation, timotyy, is another matter. In doing snycer the Soviets made sure that the mass killings under Stalin could not be defined as genocide. After the war population transfers lead to further deaths. In this post-Cold war era the truth about what went on in the East has been slowly revealed to the West: View all 28 comments.


Both Nazi and Soviet regimes dreamed of empire, and both saw within empire the same possibilities — namely economic security and self-sufficiency. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We, living in civilized Western Europe or North America, have little comprehension of the level of ruthlessness of these altering occupiers.

Impressive source material, very interesting perspective with treating the Soviet-German-Soviet-occupied zones of Europe as one and telling the story about these nightmare b,oodlands as one tale, one narrative. The horrors that took place here are just a continuation of the policies of the Germans and Russians to control those lands.

It’s important to be humble about these things. The author defines the Bloodlands as the lands between pre-war Nazi Germany and the western edge of the Russian Republic, predom Having read hundreds of books on World War II, it’s pretty rare blpodlands come across a book which covers a topic I’m not very familiar with.

At different times the twin totalitarian devils prepared the ground for one another. I have finished it for the first time, but I surely have to read it another time and another, for there is much to learn from it.


View all 17 comments. He also corrects exaggerations, misapprehensions and simplifications.

I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. 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. Does this book’s factual material mean that Soviet socialism bears blame at least partial blame for German socialism’s death toll, due to the conspiracy between Stalin sntder Hitler?


Neither of these regimes was some kind of mindless technocracy, slowly putting into action predetermined plans. As American and British soldiers never entered Eastern Europe, the tragedy of those lands did not become snyver known to the American or British populace see Western betrayal. Set up a giveaway.

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What is apparent on the Soviet side is the predominant role of the NKVD in the creation and maintenance of a vast repressive snydeg. Preview — Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder.

Why was mass killing organized—why organized the way it was, and why organized at all? After reading about millions of Ukrainian peasants starved because of an artificial famine created by Soviet collectivization, my heart was rent by the following simple story: Both totalitarian empires turned human beings into statistics, and their deaths into a necessary step towards a better future.

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But Himmler, impatient, sent in the Einsatzgruppen on timtohy heels of the advancing army to begin the slaughter. The Nazi and Soviet regimes were sometimes allies, as in the joint occupation of Poland [from —].

Snyder chronicles the brutality on both a historical a Although very well written, I found this book very difficult to read. His contributions to our understanding of what happened in that bloodoands and time are numerous.

Snyder reveals the little-known fact that the Polish minority were the main ethnic victims of the great terror between and Want to Read Currently Reading Read. One child ate parts of himself while he was being cannibalised.

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