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Between and , 14 million people died in Eastern Europe, killed by Stalin or Hitler. Each fashioned a terrifying orgy of deliberate mass killing Snyder punctuates his comprehensive and eloquent account with brief glimpses of individual victims, perpetrators and witnesses. Along the way, Snyder achieves something more vital: he wrests back some human dignity for those who died, without treating them solely as victims. By including Soviet with German mass atrocities in his purview, Timothy Snyder begins the necessary but as yet still taboo examination of the full depravity of total war as it was practiced in the 20th century, before the advent of nuclear weapons foreclosed it. On the contrary, the industrial exploitation of corpses and their ashes was a uniquely Hitlerian atrocity—a unique instance of human infamy.

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Between and , 14 million people died in Eastern Europe, killed by Stalin or Hitler. Each fashioned a terrifying orgy of deliberate mass killing Snyder punctuates his comprehensive and eloquent account with brief glimpses of individual victims, perpetrators and witnesses.

Along the way, Snyder achieves something more vital: he wrests back some human dignity for those who died, without treating them solely as victims. By including Soviet with German mass atrocities in his purview, Timothy Snyder begins the necessary but as yet still taboo examination of the full depravity of total war as it was practiced in the 20th century, before the advent of nuclear weapons foreclosed it.

On the contrary, the industrial exploitation of corpses and their ashes was a uniquely Hitlerian atrocity—a unique instance of human infamy. Nevertheless, this is the first book in English to explore both German and Soviet mass killings together. As a history of political mass murder, Bloodlands serves to illuminate the political sickness that reduced 14 million people to the status of non-persons.

Astonishingly prolific, he grounds his work in authoritative mastery of the facts, mining tomes of information in multiple languages and brilliantly synthesizing his findings. A preternaturally gifted prose stylist, [Snyder] strives for a moral urgency appropriate to his depressing topics, and he rarely succumbs to bathos His learning is extraordinary. His vivid imagination leads him to see combinations, similarities, and general trends where others would see only chaos and confusion This is an important book.

I have never seen a book like it. Even those who pride themselves on knowing their history will find themselves repeatedly brought up short by his insights, contrasts and comparisons What it does do, admirably, is to explain and record. Both totalitarian empires turned human beings into statistics, and their deaths into a necessary step towards a better future.

Instead of studying Nazi atrocities or Soviet atrocities separately, as many others have done, he looks at them together.

Yet Snyder does not exactly compare the two systems either. His intention, rather, is to show that the two systems committed the same kinds of crimes at the same times and in the same places, that they aided and abetted one another, and above all that their interaction with one another led to more mass killing than either might have carried out alone. History of a high order, Bloodlands may also point us towards lessons for our own time.

Tens of millions of civilians from Poland to Ukraine, Lithuania to Belarus were starved, beaten, shot and gassed to death by the authorities and armies of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

We think we know this story and we assign it shorthand labels: Auschwitz, the Gulag. His account of the methods and motives of murderous regimes, both at home and in foreign war, will radically revise our appreciation of the implications of mass extermination in the recent past. Bloodlands — impeccably researched and appropriately sensitive to its volatile material — is the most important book to appear on this subject for decades and will surely become the reference in its field.

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

A glance at a map of the same area in shows that in the intervening years the bloodlands had become two countries: the German Reich and the Soviet Union. Clearly, then, Bloodlands is not only the story of hunger, war, and massacre, but also of imperial conquest. And rather than satisfying the two monster states, their imperialism caused them to turn against each other until one disappeared from the map, if only temporarily, while the other triumphed, only to disappear five decades later. After all, many more people died in the bloodlands in the s and s—of hunger, typhus, frost, arson, forced labor, torture, and murder—than in all the rest of Europe. The major victims of one or the other killer, or of the two killers acting in unison, were Jews, Poles, ethnic Germans, well-to-do farmers, members of the intelligentsia, and religious and ethnic minorities. Those, too, were unprecedentedly dark times and places. And yet one must agree with Snyder that the doubtful honor of having lost the highest proportion of their inhabitants during the war belongs to Poland, the three Baltic countries, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of western Russia.

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To be asked to review such a text nearly seven years after its original publication is to an extent to be asked not only to consider the success of the book in meeting these fundamental aims, but its impact on a wider field and understanding of its subject matter. Snyder set out to change our understanding of the Bloodlands — so, to put it crudely, how far did he succeed? In some senses, as Snyder acknowledges, Bloodlands was a history for its own time. It is, self-evidently, a post-Cold War project not least because in practical terms it has access to insights that were unavailable to scholars before the collapse of the Soviet Union. But perhaps more importantly it is a post-Holocaust analysis too.

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Share via Email , Kiev. The novelist Vasily Grossman , then a Red Army soldier, was walking across the still-settling wasteland where the extermination camp of Treblinka had stood until nine months before. As Timothy Snyder writes, Grossman "found the remnants: photographs of children in Warsaw and Vienna; a bit of Ukrainian embroidery; a sack of hair, blonde and black". The loose soil, flung around by peasants digging for Jewish gold, was still "throwing out crushed bones, teeth, clothes, papers". Forgotten stuff works its way to the surface. Some historians use metal-detectors to snatch out something flashy.

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