The Origins of Mass Killing: the bloodlands hypothesis

The Origins of Mass Killing: the bloodlands hypothesis

Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder Chair: Professor Arne Westad Recorded on 21 January 2014 in Old Theatre, Old Building. At no other time in European history were so many human beings deliberately killed as a matter of policy as in Eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945. In the lands between Berlin and Moscow, the Soviets killed more than four million by starvation and bullets, the Germans more than twice that number by starvation, bullets, and gas. Most deliberate Soviet killing, and almost all deliberate Nazi killing, took place in this zone. If we can understand the totality of the catastrophe, we will better understand the two regimes, and we may be better prepared to understand its component parts, the most significant of which was the Holocaust of European Jews. Professor Timothy Snyder is the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, 2013/2014.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 1/2

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 1/2

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. 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 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, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history. From Booklist If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, historian Snyder roots it in agriculture. Stalin wanted to collectivize farmers; Hitler wanted to eliminate them so Germans could colonize the land. The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: to break down the number into the various actions of murder that comprise it, from liquidation of the kulaks to the final solution; to restore humanity to the victims via surviving testimony to their fates; and to deny Hitler and Stalin any historical justification for their policies, which at the time had legions of supporters and have some even today. Such scope may render Snyder’s project too imposing to casual readers, but it would engage those exposed to the period’s chronology and major interpretive issues, such as the extent to which the Nazi and Soviet systems may be compared. Solid and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Professor Snyder teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern East European political history. He is the author and co-editor of several award-winning books. We talk with Professor Snyder about his most recent book, a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller entitled Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.

Timothy Snyder Discusses "Bloodlands" at The Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art

Timothy Snyder Discusses "Bloodlands" at The Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art

Timothy Snyder, historian of Eastern European history, talks about his book "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin." The event took place at The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and was presented by The Chicago Business & Professional Group (Anna M. Mostovych, President). "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. 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 history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power."

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 2/2

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 2/2

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. 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 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, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history. From Booklist If there is an explanation for the political killing perpetrated in eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, historian Snyder roots it in agriculture. Stalin wanted to collectivize farmers; Hitler wanted to eliminate them so Germans could colonize the land. The dictators wielded frightening power to advance such fantasies toward reality, and the despots toted up about 14 million corpses between them, so stupefying a figure that Snyder sets himself three goals here: to break down the number into the various actions of murder that comprise it, from liquidation of the kulaks to the final solution; to restore humanity to the victims via surviving testimony to their fates; and to deny Hitler and Stalin any historical justification for their policies, which at the time had legions of supporters and have some even today. Such scope may render Snyder’s project too imposing to casual readers, but it would engage those exposed to the period’s chronology and major interpretive issues, such as the extent to which the Nazi and Soviet systems may be compared. Solid and judicious scholarship for large WWII collections.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University. An expert on eastern Europe and the second world war, he has published numerous books and written articles for periodicals such as the New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, New Republic, Prospect and the Nation. Blair Ruble is Director of the Wilson Centers oldest program, the Kennan Institute, and also directs the centers Comparative Urban Studies Program. His latest book is Washington's U Street: A Biography.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 1/2

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 1/2

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder Audiobook Full 1/2

Timothy Synder "Bloodlands"

Timothy Synder "Bloodlands"

Author Timothy Snyder talks about his book, "Bloodlands."

Grover Furr's BLOOD LIES Disproves Tim Snyder's BLOODLANDS' Accusations Against Stalin and USSR

Grover Furr's BLOOD LIES Disproves Tim Snyder's BLOODLANDS' Accusations Against Stalin and USSR

Grover Furr summarizes evidence provided in his recent book, Blood Lies, that refutes every accusation against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union in Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands, Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Furr found that every single "crime" Snyder alleges is false! Not a single accusation holds up. Snyder claimed the Soviets killed 6 to 9 million innocent civilians to the Nazis's 14 million, finding parallels between Soviet and Nazi crimes at every turn. Grover Furr methodically checked every single Snyder footnote to anything that could be construed as a crime by Stalin, the USSR, or pro-Communists and found Snyder's sources often do not say what he claims and Snyder cites anti-Communist secondary sources that do the lying for him. BLOODLIES is published by Red Star Publishers (NY 2014): http://www.redstarpublishers.org/bloodlines.htm http://www.amazon.com/Evidence-Accusation-against-Timothy-Bloodlands/dp/0692200991/ Bloodlands, Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timoth Snyder (NY: Basic Books, 2010) is the most successful attempt to date to equate Stalin with Hitler, the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany. It has received dozens of rave reviews, prizes for historiography; and has been translated into 25 languages. The talk by Grover Furr was sponsored by US Friends of the Soviet People, November 16, 2014 in NYC, introduction by Dr. Angelo D'Angelo. video by Joe Friendly

The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder Recorded on 11 March 2014 in Old Theatre, Old Building. The opening of borders and archives has permitted a much fuller acquaintance with the victims of the Holocaust as well as with the motivation and behaviours of the German perpetrators and the East Europeans who aided them in the murder. Must the national history of Eastern Europe now collapse into nothing more than a prehistory of catastrophe? Timothy Snyder is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2013-14.

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