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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin


Book Overview: Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

From the author of the international bestseller On Tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler's and Stalin's politics of mass killing

Americans call the Second World War "the Good War." But before it even began, America's ally Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens--and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, German and Soviet killing sites fell behind the Iron Curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single story. With a new afterword addressing the relevance of these events to the contemporary decline of democracy, Bloodlands is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history and its meaning today.

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PublisherBasic Books
Publication Date2022-04-26
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"A gigantic achievement in modern history."-- Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show

"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, 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."-- 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)

Timothy Snyder is an internationally recognized American historian and author, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on the Holocaust. Over the past several decades, his influential work has contributed immensely to the understanding of modern European history and global political affairs. Born in 1969, Snyder received his BA from Brown University and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where he was also a British Marshall Scholar. Currently, he is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University. Snyder's prolific career in academia is marked by numerous highly acclaimed publications, including "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning," and "On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century." These dynamic works have been translated into over 30 languages, shaping scholarly debates and molding public opinion on topics such as totalitarianism, democracy, and the historical significance of past events to contemporary societal issues. Considered a leading intellectual voice of his generation, Snyder's work transcends academic circles, reaching a wide audience through his frequent contributions to major media outlets. His articulate critique of contemporary politics, coupled with his deep commitment to historical integrity, establishes him as a significant figure in both scholarly and public discourse. As a prominent historian, a distinguished author, and a respected public intellectual, Timothy Snyder consistently echoes the past's importance in shaping a thoughtful and enlightened future.

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