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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, 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 reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: to break down the number into the various actions of murder that comprise it, from liquidation of the kulaks to the final solution; to restore humanity to the victims via surviving testimony to their fates; and to deny Hitler and Stalin any historical justification for their policies, which at the time had legions of supporters and have some even today. Such scope may render Snyder’s project too imposing to casual readers, but it would engage those exposed to the period’s chronology and major interpretive issues, such as the extent to which the Nazi and Soviet systems may be compared. Solid and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections. --Gilbert Taylor
"A startling new interpretation of the period ... a stunning book."―David Denby, New Yorker
"A superb and harrowing history."―Financial Times
"Genuinely shattering.... I have never seen a book like it."―Istvan Deak, The New Republic
"A brave and original history of mass killing in the twentieth century."―Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books
"A magisterial work.... Snyder's account in engaging, encyclopedic."―"Foreign Affairs
"Gripping and comprehensive.... Mr. Snyder's book is revisionist history of the best kind: in spare, closely argued prose, with meticulous use of statistics, he makes the reader rethink some of the best-known episodes in Europe's modern history."―The Economist
"Snyder...compels us to look squarely at the full range of destruction committed first by Stalin's regime and then by Hitler's Reich.... A comprehensive and eloquent account."―New York Times Book Revew
"A superb work of scholarship, full of revealing detail, cleverly compiled...and in places beautifully written.... Snyder does justice to the horror of his subject through the power of storytelling."―The Sunday Times (London)
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The information in the book was gruesome. My friend edited it and said she was nauseated the entire time. However, this is a part of history not usually mentioned. We hear about the atrocities of the Germans, but Stalin was worse. In tandem with Hitler, the outcome makes the estimated number of 14 million victims seem low. I suggest this book for anyone who would like to see the full picture of "humanity" at its' worst. Thinking of the similarities in current-day Ukraine does not bode well after reading this.
Good to know Mr. Snyder had the capabilities and access to expose these terrible crimes.
well documented. an in depth analysis of the genocide incurred by the policies of both leaders regarding the Jews and gentiles. if anyone, after reading "Bloodlands" still doubts the atrocities committed by these two leaders, he/she must be a slave to the religion of denial.
a page turner.
the Molotov-Ribbentropp Pact and the dismemberment of Poland. Additionally, is the impact on Belarus, the Ukraine, and the
Baltic States. Communism and National Socialism are from two adverse political movements, but the mass executions of Jews,
Poles, Belarus', and Ukrainians was a horrible stain on the history of the war. The scholarship is impeccable with outstanding
research of this horrible period that resulted in the deaths.of millions of people. I am truly impressed!
Charles A. Reap, JR. (Amazon.com.)