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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099551799
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $29.99

Bloodlands

Europe between Hitler and Stalin




A magisterial new 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 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.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099551799
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Timothy Snyder

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: his most recent book, On Tyranny, was an international bestseller. Previous books include Black Earth, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the annual prize of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee; and Bloodlands, which 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.

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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Praise for Bloodlands

“A remarkable study about suffering on an astonishing scale in Eastern and Central Europe in the 1920s, 1930s and during the Second World War”

Peter Frankopan, History Today


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