Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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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. 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.

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author2-role , 0465002390, 1 online resource (1 audio file (18hr., 16 min.)) :digital., 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 07 min.)) :digital., 10024360Midwest Tape, LLChttp://www.midwesttapes.com, 10025380Midwest Tape, LLChttp://www.midwesttapes.com, 1481590359 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 1483072177 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 2010016816, 33021014567868NG01/12/20127HISTORY MILITARY WW 2nf, 33021014568148ahistHISTORY MILITARY WW 2wf988809a, 33021014568148cc11/14/20114HISTORY MILITARY WW 2nf, 818469, 940.54/050947, 9780465002399 (alk. paper), 9781481590358 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 9781483072173 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), A ruthless dictator who saved his country from economic ruin only to nearly destroy it-and an entire people-in his quest for world domination, Adolf Hitler forever changed the course of history. In this masterful account of Hitler's life, biographer A. N. Wilson pulls back the curtain to reveal the man behind the mythic figure, shedding new light on Hitler's personality, his desires, and his complex relationship with the German people. While Hitler maintained that his life had been characterized by "struggle" from its very beginnings, Wilson shows that the reality could not have been more different. Hitler grew up in middle-class comfort and, as a young man, lacked ambitions of any sort besides a vaguely bohemian desire to become an artist. And while the Hitlerian mythos holds that he forged his skills as a leader during the First World War, Wilson explains the truth: Hitler spent most of the war as an office boy miles from the front lines and only received his cherished Iron Cross because of his slavishness to the officers he served. The army gave him a sense of purpose and brotherhood, however, which continued to inspire Hitler once the war ended. Hitler left the army with no skills, contacts, or money-and yet, within fourteen years he would become chancellor of the German nation. Wilson describes the story of Hitler's ascent as one of both opportunism and sheer political shrewdness. He possessed no real understanding of the workings of government but had a prodigious knack for public speaking and found that a large number of Germans, despairing at their country's recent defeat and terrified by the specter of international communism, were willing to listen to the right-wing fantasies that had taken root inside his head. Allying himself with the extremist German Workers' Party, soon renamed the National Socialist Party, Hitler offered many Germans a seductive vision of how the country might raise itself back up and reclaim its rightful place at the center of world politics. Wilson shows that, although Hitler's bid for power stalled at first, he soon gained traction with a German public starved for hope. Using his skills as a manipulator, Hitler found himself first at the head of the Nazi Party, then at the helm of the German nation. Wilson explores the forces that allowed Hitler to become chancellor of Germany and later to march Germany into total war. He examines Hitler's increasingly virulent anti-Semitism and his decision to implement the Final Solution to exterminate European Jews, and he considers Hitler's tactical successes-and failures-in World War II. Wilson also reveals a great deal about how Hitler's personal life affected his time as Germany's leader, from the lasting pain caused by the death of his mother and the suicide of his young niece to his poor health and addiction to the drugs prescribed by his doctor. As Wilson demonstrates, Hitler the fhrer was not so different from Hitler the bohemian: lazy, moody, and hypersensitive, he ruled more through intimidation and the mystifying force of his personality than through any managerial skill or informed decision making. His story-and that of Germany-is ultimately a cautionary tale. In a modern era enamored with progress, rationality, and modernity, it is often the darkest and most chaotic elements of society that prove the most seductive. Hitler's unlikely rise to power and his uncanny ability to manipulate his fellow man resulted in the deaths of millions of Europeans and a horrific world war, yet despite his colossal role in world history, he remains mythologized and, as a result, misunderstood. In Hitler, A. N. Wilson limns this mysterious figure with great verve and acuity, showing that it is Hitler's frightening normalcy-not some otherworldly evilness-that makes him so truly terrifying., Americans think of World War II as "The Good War," a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-Day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of WWII in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In thirteen years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed thirteen million people in the lands between Germany and Russia. The majority of these deaths occurred in Eastern Europe, not Germany. In the groundbreaking long-view style of Tony Judt and Niall Ferguson, Tim Snyder, one of America's foremost historians of Eastern Europe, has written a new history of Europe that focuses on the battleground of Eastern Europe, which suffered the worst crimes of Hitler and Stalin. Based upon scholarly literature and primary sources in all of the relevant languages, Bloodlands pays special attention to the sources left by those who were killed: the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries found on corpses. This is a new kind of European history, one more concerned with suffering than with intention, one that recognizes how stories of progress or victory have excluded the most salient human experience, and one focused on the extreme predicament of the tens of millions of Europeans who found themselves between Hitler and Stalin. The scale of destruction in the lands between Germany and Russia has eluded historians and baffles the cynicism of our new century, but for these very reasons, Bloodlands offers the way forward to a sensible reconstruction of European history. 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title_full Bloodlands : Europe between Hitler and Stalin / Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands : Europe between Hitler and Stalin [electronic resource] Snyder, Timothy., Bloodlands : [Europe between Hitler and Stalin] [electronic resource] Snyder, Timothy., Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, Bloodlands Europe between Hitler and Stalin
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title_sub Europe between Hitler and Stalin
topic_facet Atrocities, Genocide, History, Hitler, Adolf, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Massacres, Military, Nonfiction, Stalin, Joseph, World War, 1939-1945