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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User Review  - Christopher Jenke - Goodreads

Without much historical knowledge on the topic the amount of information within this book is staggering at times, but still discernible. I still think some of this book is lost to the incomprehensible ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex Devero - Goodreads

World War II was a time of terrible atrocities, yet nowhere was suffering greater than in the bloodlands of Eastern Europe. Millions of people in this region stuck between Nazi Germany and Soviet ... 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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