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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Snyder looks at the mass killing campaigns of both Hitler and Stalin in the are between Germany and Russia, from to Perhaps we can never know what possessed them to do these horrible undertakings. Itmothy dips down into the masses and chooses one or two telling examples from each murder, each siege, each starvation.

The camera documents planned deaths – what really happened in the bloodlands of Germany, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia, before all the subsequent historical and philosophical explanations of victims and perpetrators and nationalistic justifications clouded the lens. Bloodlandds of these regimes was some kind of mindless technocracy, slowly putting into action predetermined plans. Snyder focuses on three periods, summarized by Richard Rhodes as:. Why bother feeding people in camps anything, if you just wanted them to die?

His contribution is sorting out sequences and ethnic minorities Kulaks, Hetween, Roma, etc. The central ‘show’ according to this view was never in Western Europe or Southeast Asia but in precisely that area for which both powers contended for agricultural land, Snyder’s Bloodlands. His subject is the deliberate mass murder of civilians — Jewish and non-Jewish — in a particular zone of Europe in a particular time-frame.

However, the subject of the Holocaust is one which I’ve avoided mostly because it’s just too damn depressing, and while this book covers a broader topic it’s probably one I would have skipped in the past. Snyder reveals the little-known fact that the Polish minority were the main ethnic victims of the great terror between and But 10 million others who never entered those camps were shot mostly Jewsdeliberately starved to death mostly Soviet prisoners of war or gassed in special “killing centres” which were not holding camps at all.


I had no idea! Walter Duranty, the Pulitzer Prize-winning bureau chief of the New York Times, simply refused to believe the overwhelming evidence of mass starvation. The numbers murdered are incredible.

Why are commitment, betwween and passion valued most by the people who do most harm in the world? Made me mad, made me sad – and made me question how much we know at any point in real time the impact war has on civilians. Similarly, we see a steady stream of scholars attempting to assert the wider contexts for Nazi violence — in terms of the history of imperialism; the wider history of genocide or of inter-ethnic tensions beyond simply a history of German antisemitism. Consequently, for the first time in several generations, both subsidies were reduced.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

Twisted ideology certainly but also a sense that eliminating “the other” allows for the formation through shared hatred of a master race. Basic Books Snyder helped Tony Judt to compose a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, Thinking the Twentieth Century For the film, see Bloodlands film.

This realisation is even more depressing than the seemingly endless atrocities bloodoands by Snyder. The New York Review of Books. Am I alone in considering that the cause for strength, whoever puts it forth, is a fundamental evil which has no inherent limits? To ask other readers questions about Bloodlandsplease sign up. Failing that, Jews were hounded into ever smaller areas.

It won’t make you a good person, but it will make you ans up at night thinking about Ukrainian children eating each other. I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. Those who suffered horribly but lived to tell the tale naturally get a better hearing than the millions in unmarked graves.


Timothy Snyder provided a summary of the 14 million victims. In comparison to marching someone to the gas chamber, it seems more like a crime of omission. View all 8 comments.

Snyder noted that, after the Western Allies had allied themselves with Stalin against Hitler, timmothy the war ended they did not have the will to fight the second totalitarian regime. As he says in the last chapter, ‘totalitarianism’ has become over-theorized; what we need is a better understanding of what actually happened.

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

I would personally argue that the deficiencies in the general picture of the Holocaust that exist, for example in modern Britain, might be better understood as a consequence of that widespread memorialisation rather than despite it, but that is an argument for another day.

Mar 11, Brad Eastman rated it it was amazing. He recounts that in an unofficial orphanage in a village in the Kharkiv region, the children were so hungry they resorted to cannibalism. This is not a book of mere statistics; it provides personalities and it gives an ethnical geography of the land. 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.

What it does do, admirably, is to explain and record.

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

Nov 24, Holly rated it it was amazing Shelves: We can get to the [gas] trucks on our own. Snyder is the second kind. Is the increased value of farm land a national priority?