Analysis Of Bloodlands By Timothy Snyder

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Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder argues that in the geographic region that he entitles “Bloodlands”, the area between Germany and Russia, during 1933-1945 under the Stalinist and Nazi regime resulted in over 14 million deaths committed by brutal regimes. His hope in this book is to look at the two regimes and how they respectively killed so many citizens but also to give Eastern Europe the attention it has not yet received from a historical perspective and demonstrate that there was than just the Jews who were killed before and during the Second World War in this area. Snyder does this by beginning in the 1930s with the Ukrainian famine and ends with the continuation of anti-Semitism in the post war era. In doing this, Snyder has brought this era of history to the forefront …show more content…
Snyder presents the reasoning behind the man made famine was a punishment of failed collectivization (Snyder, 33 42-44, 411). He next moves on to the deliberate mass killings of the Great Terror in the Soviet Union. Moving forward, he explores the relationship between Nazi Germany and Communist Soviet Union as they worked together to create the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which sought from both states the eradication of Poland. It is here, Snyder demonstrates the interweaving of the two regimes as both crossed into the same geographical location. Each respectively committed atrocities as ethnic Poles were murdered and their cities bombed (Snyder, 123). His next section focuses on the Nazi regime and the Holocaust but Snyder widens the scope to include other ethnicities. He focuses on the Jewish problem but also dedicates serious efforts to other ethnicities like the Poles and Byelorussians who also greatly suffered. Snyder finishes his book with the aftermath of the war detailing the removal of ethnic Germans from the Bloodlands and the continual anti-Semitism under

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