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

Only a history of mass killing can unite the numbers and the memories. Both my parents were adults and have told me and my sisters a lot about it. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It is these intentions, their mutual responses to the other, and the interpretations by their subordinates that determine the trajectory of events from the end of WWI through the conclusion of WWII.

He is not writing about the fate of soldiers or bombing victims in the second world war, and neither is he confining himself to the Jewish Holocaust. Nov 15, Mikey B. The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: Failure to appreciate these aims was also the root of misunderstanding by contemporaries who should have known better.

Not soldiers in battle. Thus, he starts with the manufactured famine in Ukraine, cov The Holocaust and World War II are probably two of the most freqently covered tropics in twenties century history, yet in Bloodlands Timothy Snyder brings a truly fresh and revealing perspective to what might otherwise seem an often covered topic.

I still care for the little diary my mother kept, collecting all kind of illegal newspapers and forbidden cartoons.


Timothy Snyder put the total death toll in the “Bloodlands” at 14 million victims of both Stalin and Hitler, including Jewish civilians transported to German death camps in PolandPolish beetween killed in war crimes see Katyn massacredisarmed military personnel in occupied countries, and prisoners of war.

He said this “is not a complete reckoning of all the death that Soviet and German power brought to the region”. So, when Bloodlands set out to place the europf of Jews in a wider history of violence within Europe, it was following in a rich tradition.

This designation is striking, event singular not plural. To ask other readers questions about Bloodlandsplease sign up.

In this case, the author wanted to make clear exactly what happened to the 14 million people who died as a direct result of Soviet and Nazi policies before and during the Second World War. Later, as knowledge of Auschwitz spread, came the image of “impersonal” industrialised killing. The logic of Stalin’s thinking was that the peasants deserved to die because they were being anti-revolutionary by starving instead of being happy in a Communist paradise.

This book brings the Nazi and Soviet regimes together, and Jewish and European history together, and the national histories together. Nov 24, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I will never forget this book for as long as I live.

Is it I who am mad?

Twisted ideology certainly but also a sense that eliminating “the other” allows for the formation through shared hatred of a master race. His subject is the deliberate mass murder of civilians — Jewish and non-Jewish — in a particular zone of Europe in a particular time-frame. It won’t make you a good person, but it will make you stay up at night thinking about Ukrainian children eating each other.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

Inpeasants made their way to familiar city markets, but now to beg rather than to sell. The beleaguered peoples of Eastern Europe bore the brunt. Mac A grim collation of the 20th century’s most catastrophic butcheries.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 to ask the question about how we might situate these events within our understanding of the violence exported from Europe rather than finding any particular answers.


As such, the violence that underpinned both regimes and the struggle between them can be realistically understood as part of the general history of European imperialism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Indeed, my reading has always tended to be a bit myopic. 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. The following is a link to the Wikipedia article about the Holodomor, the name given for the man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in and that killed an estimated 2.

He shows that the Poles, Ukrainians, and Belarussians were statistically much more likely to be killed than the ethnic Russians and Georgians Stalin was Georgian. Thus far in this review I have refrained from mentioning the numbers of people killed. For Hitler, too, seizing Ukraine and its produce for Germany was crucial for his new empire. Some — the Polish Jews especially — had been gassed in the three killing centres set up on Polish territory: Perhaps we can never know what possessed them to do these horrible undertakings.

An interview with a communist activist who was charged with enforcing Stalin’s orders to take the seed grain from collective farms, thus condemning the peasants to death, could be the most important theme of the entire book.