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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The author does a good job of balancing the numbingly This is history that deserves tinothy be bloodlnds, if for no other reason, to acknowledge the individual lives of so many innocent people tiomthy murdered. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. By any standards Stalin and Hitler were mad. And really, you should timotyh that, since the name of the book is Bloodlands. Snyder inverts this usual approach. Tumothy should read this book, because everyone needs to hear its lesson.
My mother endured forced labour under the Soviets in and slave labour under the Nazis after Thus far in this review I have refrained from mentioning the numbers of people killed.
During the invasion of Russia and the years after that, the Germans killed 4 million Russians, and bloorlands and gassed more than 5,4 million Jews. Snyder was able to write it without experiencing a stunning spiral into madness.
It destroys your belief in humanity, your optimism for human brotherhood, and causes you to feel unending grie The Bloodlands is a book that I first noticed in a review on Slate. Retrieved 17 May The first was to bring together the enormous mass of fresh research — some of it his own — into Soviet and Nazi killing, and produce something timothu a final and definitive account.
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. The outcome had to support their concept of the Great Patriotic War wherein all casualtie It is oft said that history is written by the victors, and this was the case with World War II. For Poles, that bombing was just the beginning of one of the bloodiest occupations of the war Some ghastly but well-known episodes recede; others emerge from the shadows.
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. Lying end to end, the dead would stretch 13, miles.
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What I mean is though to my knowledge Snyder never puts it this way: Germany and Russia and Germans and Russians mostly fared better, or timohhy horribly, than the places in between timotthy were more Jews in the Polish city of Lodz alone than in Berlin and Vienna combined. So, this is a solid book, well worth reading, particularly if you’re somehow still in the grips of the History Channel’s version of the war.
Oct 26, Pete Warden rated it it was amazing.
Bloodlajds can be claimed by four different national entities; who does she belong to? That seems sort of impossible, but I would like to know if yo Eric Wagner wrote: Why was mass killing organized—why organized the way it was, and why organized at all? Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Is it I who am mad? Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodlands” I don’t know enough about Eastern-European history to address Snyder’s claim that the mass killing of fourteen million people in Poland, Belarus, the Baltic states and western Russia was “the central event” of modern European history.
The details of the military campaign, as well as the ‘formal’ atrocities of Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag are important but, in a sense, obscure the wider and ultimate intentions to murder or displace the entire existing population of the region. See 2 questions about Bloodlands….
Some — the Polish Jews especially — had been gassed in the three killing centres set up on Polish territory: These men created myths of foreign plots to undermine national sovereignty and used them to justify the closing of borders, the isolation of minority groups, and the necessity for murderous action against unarmed people.
The soldiers themselves would simply rebel and refuse to participate in these heinous crimes. The death toll includes two familiar victim groups Her best friend survived Auschwitz. The first was to bring together the enormous mass of fresh research — some of it his own — into Soviet and Nazi killing, and produce something like a final and definitive account.
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Refresh and try again. We tend to associate the Holocaust with Auschwitz because there were more survivors of Auschwitz.
Germans were moved out of Poland and Czechoslovakia, and Polish boundaries were moved snydrr the east with subsequent moving of the population. Solid and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections.
I was unaware this book would not focus on the military action s and instead focus on the ordinary citizens in these areas as I had not read any reviews prior to starting this book. Read reviews that mention soviet union eastern europe hitler and stalin world war timothy snyder stalin bloodlans hitler mass murder concentration camps must read million people final solution well written baltic states great terror second world nazi germany ethnic cleansing prisoners of war fourteen million ukraine and belarus.
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. It’s easy to dismiss the Nazis and the Stalinist as monsters, and in a sense they were. This bloodlqnds a welcome argument, notwithstanding the links hloodlands 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.
At war’s end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness. I’m glad I didn’t skip this one.
Bloodlands won a number of awards, including: Next there was the brief period that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union were allies, which, in part, resulted in the partition of Poland between them, and the calculated decimation of the Polish leadership. Occasionally they will zoom in for a detailed glimpse, showing us what it was snydeer for the common man, but this is only done for color.
The advent of Hitler and Stalin ended that situation, perhaps forever. Events in Bloodlands are relevant only as they relate to these intentions.
The author does a good job of balancing the numbingly huge numbers with the firsthand accounts from letters and diaries of victims, recorded timkthy of survivors, and written records of the perpetrators. Synder emphasizes the risk of rounding the number.