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BLOODLANDS by TIMOTHY SNYDER (PAPERBACK) Used/Near Mint

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Americans call the Second World War "The Good War." But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens--and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness. Bloodlandsis a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlandswill be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history., Americans think of World War II as the "Good War." But this view overlooks the horrors perpetrated by America's own ally, the Soviet Union. In deliberate killing policies carried out over twelve years, the Soiet and Nazi regimes killed 14 million people in a zone of death between Berlin and Moscow. At war's end, these bloodlands fell behind the iron curtain, leaving their history in darkness. In Bloodlands, acclaimed historian Timothy Snyder offers an assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive account of this central tragedy of modern history. Book jacket.

 

I also attended Dr. Snyder's lecture at Canisius College on November 8. 2012. One thing he said that stuck in my mind was that the holocaust against the Jews was not strickly a result of anti-Semitism because contempt for the Jews was not unique to the geographical area of the Bloodlands. Something in addition to anti-Semitism came into play; and to use his term, that something was "want", specifically a want for food. If I understood him correctly, one of his points was that Hitler and Germany believed it was necessary to conquer the lands to the east, i.e the Bloodlands, to have the land needed to feed their growing population. For that to happen, war was necessary and the Jews were to be blamed for that war. 

 

My own thoughts: Hatred is all around us, and genocide is not at thing of the past. Food shortages and famine, or other "wants" could again be the catalyst for future holocausts. There was a time when the first World War was known as "La Ders des ders" or "The war to end all wars".  Who ever thought that we would ever have another World War and that it would become necessary for us to begin enumerating them. Many people today associate the terror of World War II with the term "Holocaust". Let us hope there will never be a Holacaust II.

 

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0465031471
ISBN-13 9780465031474
 
Key Details
Author Timothy Snyder
Number Of Pages 560 pages
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2012-10-02
Language English
Publisher Basic Books
Publication Year 2012
 
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2012
Illustrated Yes

 

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