Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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Random House, Aug 31, 2011 - History - 544 pages
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In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. In a twelve-year-period, in these killing fields - today's Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Western Russia and the eastern Baltic coast - an average of more than one million citizens were slaughtered every year, as a result of deliberate policies unrelated to combat.

In his revelatory book Timothy Snyder offers a ground-breaking investigation into the motives and methods of Stalin and Hitler and, using scholarly literature and primary sources, pays special attention to the testimony of the victims, including the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries on corpses. The result is a brilliantly researched, profoundly humane, authoritative and original book that forces us to re-examine the greatest tragedy in European history and re-think our past.

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This is a very thorough, well-researched book. - Goodreads
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Throughly researched, non-partisan and vast. - Goodreads
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Introduction: World War I left things settled. - Goodreads

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A completely different way to think of WW2, not that I haven't revised my understanding several times over several years. In this telling, I sense the madness of Hitler to a greater extent than before ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Pittman viii - Goodreads

This subject needs to be written about. Personal baritones are good, but postwar is a better account of the lasting impact of these atrocities. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Timothy Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997. He has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He has written and edited a number of critically-acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history, including The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War and The Red Prince. He is Professor of History at Yale University.

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