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Bloodlands : THE book to help you understand today's Eastern Europe

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A powerful and revelatory history book about the bloodlands - the lands that lie between Stalin's Russia and Hitler's Germany - where 14 million people were killed during the years 1933 - 1944.

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 this 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 one of the greatest tragedies in European history and re-think our past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 373g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback
  • w. maps
  • 0099551799
  • 9780099551799
  • 1,360

Table of contents

i: Preface: Europe


INTRODUCTION: HITLER AND STALIN
1: THE SOVIET FAMINES
2: CLASS TERROR
3: NATIONAL TERROR
4: MOLOTOV-RIBBENTROP EUROPE
5: THE ECONOMICS OF APOCALYPSE
6: FINAL SOLUTION
7: HOLOCAUST AND REVENGE
8: THE NAZI DEATH FACTORIES
9: RESISTANCE AND INCINERATION
10: ETHNIC CLEANSINGS
11: STALINIST ANTI-SEMITISM
CONCLUSION: HUMANITY


ii: Numbers and Terms
iii: Abstract
iv: Acknowledgments
v: Bibliography
vi: Notes
vii: Index
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A hugely important historian of this nightmarish era. Nobody has explained it this way before
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A hugely important historian of this nightmarish era. Nobody has explained it this way before -- William Leith * Evening Standard *
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About Timothy Snyder

'When Timothy Snyder's book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin was published in 2010, it quickly established its author as one of the leading historians of his generation, a scholar who combined formidable linguistic skills - he reads or speaks 11 languages - with an elegant literary style, white-hot moral passion and a willingness to start arguments about some of the most fraught questions of the recent past.' New York Times

Timothy Snyder is Levin Professor of History at Yale University, and has written and edited a number of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history: Bloodlands won the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities and the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Black Earth was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Snyder is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences, and sits on the advisory council of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.
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