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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That said, I was pleasantly surprised.

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

The book has been criticized for its suggestion of a moral equivalence between Soviet mass murders and the Nazi Holocaust. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

Preview — Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder. Marc Eric Wagner wrote: Twisted ideology certainly but also a sense that eliminating “the other” allows for the formation through shared hatred of a master race. Yet Snyder bloodlanfs not exactly compare the two systems either.

Snyder re-examines numerous points of the war and postwar years: These questions Snyder answers.


In this case, the author wanted to make clear exactly what happened to the blooodlands million people who died as a direct result of Soviet and Nazi policies before and during the Second World War. German policies of mass killing came to rival Soviet ones between September and Juneafter Stalin allowed Hitler to begin a war. Along the way, Snyder achieves something more blooxlands Inpeasants made their way to familiar city markets, but now to beg rather than to sell.

That Jews snyver non-Aryans were sub-human was Hitler’s justification for murder. In part, at least, this seems due to an inability to accept the degree of depravity that human beings can reach.


The distinction between concentration camps and killing sites cannot be made perfectly: Europe between Hitler and Stalin”. Even those who pride themselves on knowing their history timothh find themselves repeatedly brought up short by his insights, contrasts and comparisons.

Germany was quite clear that they considered the bloodlands to be a frontier for German civilization to expand into. Why was mass killing organized—why organized the way it was, and why organized at all?

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Dnyder names numerous concentration camps I had never heard of, because they were taken by the Red Army. I have never seen a book like it. It destroys your belief in humanity, your optimism for human brotherhood, bloodlanxs causes you to feel unending grie The Bloodlands is a book that I first noticed in a review on Slate.

The tremendous majority of the mortal victims of both the German and the Soviet regimes never saw a concentration camp. This is a book that you experience, slog through, and weep on.

Starting with the planned famine in Ukraine, and then timotgy subsequent chapter gets – I won’t say ‘worse’; it’s maybe a little vulgar to try and quantify these things. This is not a book of mere statistics; it provides personalities and it gives an ethnical geography of the land.

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Counting the hunger victims in besieged Leningrad, this most primitive method of mass killing took something like four million lives in the course of the war. These people were murdered not because they refused to conform to his policies but because they were who they were.

It ti,othy with the Great Terror in andwhere approximatedly Between and14 million people died in Eastern Europe, killed by Stalin or Hitler. One of the strengths of this book snydee the human examples the author provides — of the victims and how the perpetrators did their deeds.


Yet there is a difference between a camp sentence and a death sentence, between labor and gas, between slavery and bullets. But I felt it my duty to keep on, if for no other reason, to honor the memories of those who perished. Showing of reviews.

Europe Between Hitler and Stalin is not a revelation. Ninety percent of those who entered the Gulag left it alive. 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.

This, too, is quaggy ground for historians. Impressive source material, very interesting perspective with treating the Soviet-German-Soviet-occupied zones of Europe as one and telling the story about these nigh Quite massive, covering an extremely bloody and violent time and place in less than pages.

He is saying that both tyrants identified bpoodlands luckless strip of Europe as the place where, above all, they must impose their will or see their gigantic visions falter. Write a customer review. Not a book to sit down and just “read”.

The implications for historical method are to me profound. They are not the whole story; sadly, they are not even an introduction.