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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.
From Booklist If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the s and s, historian Snyder roots it in agriculture. Stalin wanted to collectivize farmers; Hitler wanted to eliminate them so Germans could colonize the land. The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward bloodlnds, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: Bloodlanfs and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections.
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To ask other readers questions about Bloodlandsplease sign up. Does this book’s bloodlandds material mean that Soviet socialism bears blame at least partial blame for German socialism’s bloodladns toll, due to the conspiracy between Stalin and Hitler?
Ben I’d say it has a lot less to do with socialism, and a lot more to do with two dictators obsession with race and nationality. The barbarity exhibited by …more I’d say it has a lot less to do with socialism, and a lot more to do with two dictators obsession with race and nationality. The barbarity exhibited by both leaders is shocking, and the scale of destruction is bewildering.
See 2 questions about Bloodlands…. Lists with This Book. Aug 27, Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe. My mother endured bloodlande labour under the Soviets in and slave labour under the Nazis after She saw some of her family being deported by the Soviets to almost certain death in Kazakhstan and discovered the rest in a mass grave, shot by the Nazis. Her best friend survived Auschwitz.
My Godfather was a partizan in the forests around Lwow, fighting both Nazis and Soviets. My Godmother lived through the I was raised amongst survivors of the great horror that was the War in Eastern Europe.
My Godmother lived through the Stalinist regime, survived the battles for Kharkov and slave labour in Germany.
I was taught chess by a White Russian whose memories of that time were horrific. Even I visited Auschwitz in – when I returned to England I was shocked to realise non of the English people I knew knew anything about the place. Until recently who, apart from the Poles, knew the truth about Katyn? Because there was no hope, only fear and death.
The depressing bleakness hollows out the soul. The American and British soldiers who bloovlands the dying inmates from camps in Germany believed that they had discovered the horrors of Nazism. The images their photographers and cameramen captured of the corpses and the living skeletons at Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald seemed to convey the worst crimes of Hitler The worst was in the ruins of Warsaw, or the fields of Treblinka, or the marshes of Belarus, or the pits of Babi Yar.
He deals with the real terrors of Stalinism; the tragedy of the Great Famine of the Ukraine, the nightmare of the Great Terror, and the cold-blooded elimination of the educated classes and all forms of potential resistance in Poland.
He goes on to deal with Nazism; once more, the elimination of educated Poles, the attempts to depopulate Belarus, and the Final Solution. He looks blokdlands Post-War Cold War anti-Semitism in a very knowledgeable manner that makes the era clearly understandable. These men and women had ideals which they tried to live up to. They saw themselves as victims of other groups and bloodlads actions were a form of self-defense. They forced others to collude in their plans bloodlajds giving them a choice between that or death.
For Poles, that bombing was just the beginning of one of the bloodiest occupations of the war The horrors that took place here are just a continuation of the policies of the Germans and Russians to control those lands. 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.
Snyder filled his history with facts and figures throughout. One blodlands fact stands in for so many in the book: The story and the facts have always been available. In this post-Cold war era the truth about what went on in the East has been slowly revealed to the West: Snyder brings the true history of this era to the attention of snuder West.
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View all 17 comments. Apr 22, Brad Wheeler rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is without a doubt the most depressing thing I’ve ever read. If there was ever a time and place that demonstrated man’s inhumanity to man, it would be the “Bloodlands,” the areas of Eastern Europe squashed flat two or three times by Hitler and Stalin.
The author’s accounts of casual starvation, brutal repression, and mass murder were horrifying not just because they happened, but because both victims and perpetrators were everyday, normal people. This is why you read the ep Man. This is why you read the epilogue in any history text: 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. Specifically, he wanted to make it clear that it was actual people who died, and actual people who did the killing.
He dips down into the masses and chooses one or two telling examples from each murder, each siege, each starvation. It’s people who died, the author says, and it’s people who killed them. It’s easy to dismiss the Nazis and the Stalinist as monsters, and in a sense they were. But that’s a cop-out. The fact is, given the right time and circumstances, any of us might decide that it was in our best interest to cooperate in a program of mass killing.
They’re not so different from us. In acknowledging this, and in making plain what happened, Snyder make it ever so slightly less likely that it will ever happen again. There are few history texts–few books of any kind–that have affected me as strongly as this book did.
There were times I could barely keep listening, but I’m glad I did. Everyone should read this book. Not just historians or World War II enthusiasts although the latter definitely should, if they only follow American history. Everyone should read this book, because everyone needs to hear its lesson. I don’t mean to sound melodramatic, because I’m being entirely sincere. Nov 09, Tony rated it it was amazing Shelves: First, there are numbers: Not soldiers in battle.
Just people in the wrong place. Jews, Poles, Lithuanians, Belarusians. Think of the 1 at the end of 33, Timothy Snyder tells us, insists. Each of the living bore a name. Emmanuel Ringelblumwho created archives in the Warsaw ghetto making its history possible, and died betrayed.
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Adam Czerniakowtold to snydr 5, Jews at a transfer point and certain mass death, and killed himself instead. Sofia Karpaia doctor who refused to yield under Stalin’s torture. Violence is not confidence, and terror is not mastery. Those German soldiers who saw the Treblinka transports knew, if they wanted to know, just what they were fighting for.
There are people, some even in the reviews on this timothh, who argue which people suffered more. In a powerful closing chapter, Snyder asks, “Can the dead really belong to anyone? That Jews and non-Aryans were sub-human was Hitler’s justification for murder. And while the numbers sometimes read as lists, and points are snjder repetitively and numbingly made, Bloodlands is thought-provoking and personal. The Nazi and Soviet regimes turned people into numbers, some of which we can only estimate, some of which we can reconstruct with fair precision.
It is for us as scholars to seek these numbers and to put them into perspective. It is for us as humanists to turn the numbers back into people. If we cannot do that, then Hitler and Stalin have shaped not only our world, but our humanity. Mar 14, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: History As Intention and Response History can be told in bloldlands ways: