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Book Review: Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands

It Tolls for Thee “By making death itself anonymous,” wrote Hannah Arendt in 1951’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, “[mass killing] robbed death of its meaning… Death merely set a seal on the fact that [someone] had never existed.” For Arendt, the industrial nature of Soviet and Nazi mass murder brought European society to an apex […]

Bloodlands: Worthy – With Reservations

When Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin was first published in English in 2010, it met with almost universal acclaim in the United States; they saw it as a taboo-breaker, with the crimes of Hitler and Stalin seen in relation to each other, sharing a time and place, and thus a history of the era […]

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