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Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

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    Timothy Snyder(Author)

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The essential new book by the author of Bloodlands – ‘The most important work of history for years’, Antony Beevor

A radical reframing of the Holocaust that challenges prevailing myths and draws disturbing parallels with the present.

We have come to see the Holocaust as a factory of death, organised by bureaucrats. Yet by the time the gas chambers became operation more than a million European Jews were already dead: shot at close range over pits and ravines. They had been murdered in the lawless killing zones created by the German colonial war in the East, many on the fertile black earth that the Nazis believed would feed the German people.

It comforts us to believe that the Holocaust was a unique event. But as Timothy Snyder shows, we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the ecological panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think.

Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands was an acclaimed exploration of what happened in eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945, when Nazi and Soviet policy brought death to some 14 million people. Black Earth is a deep exploration of the ideas and politics that enabled the worst of these policies, the Nazi extermination of the Jews. Its pioneering treatment of this unprecedented crime makes the Holocaust intelligible, and thus all the more terrifying.

For more reading on how 'Hitler's World May Not Be So Far Away' (Guardian)

"Timothy Snyder's bold new approach to the Holocaust links Hitler's racial worldview to the destruction of states and the quest for land and food. This insight leads to thought-provoking and disturbing conclusions for today's world. Black Earth uses the recent past's terrible inhumanity to underline an urgent need to rethink our own future" (Ian Kershaw)"A wholly readable and utterly persuasive attempt to get us to look at the Holocaust in a different light. I read it twice, aghast but gripped by the moral abyss into which I was plunged on each page" (Observer)"Black Earth is provocative, challenging, and an important addition to our understanding of the Holocaust. As he did in Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder makes us rethink those things we were sure we already knew" (Deborah Lipstadt)"Part history, part political theory, Black Earth is a learned and challenging reinterpretation" (Henry A. Kissinger)"In this unusual and innovative book, Timothy Snyder takes a fresh look at the intellectual origins of the Holocaust, placing Hitler's genocide firmly in the politics and diplomacy of 1930s Europe. Black Earth is required reading for anyone who cares about this difficult period of history" (Anne Applebaum)"Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth is not only a powerful exposure of the horrors of the Holocaust but also a compelling dissection of the Holocaust’s continuing threat" (Zbigniew Brzezinski)"Timothy Snyder is now our most distinguished historian of evil. Black Earth casts new light on old darkness. It demonstrates once and for all that the destruction of the Jews was premised on the destruction of states and the institutions of politics.I know of no other historical work on the Holocaust that is so deeply alarmed by its repercussions for the human future. This is a haunted and haunting book―erudite, provocative, and unforgettable" (Leon Wieseltier)"Timothy Snyder argues, eloquently and convincingly, that the world is still susceptible to the inhuman impulses that brought about the Final Solution. This book should be read as admonition by presidents, prime ministers, and in particular by anyone who believes that the past is somehow behind us" (Jeffrey Goldberg)"Always readable, highly sophisticated, and strikingly original" (Bernard Wasserstein Jewish Chronicle)"Black Earth is mesmerizing" (Edward Rothstein Wall Street Journal (Europe))"an engrossing and often thought-provoking analysis of Hitler’s antisemitic ideology and an intelligently argued country-by-country survey of its implementation between 1939 and 1945" (Richard J Evans Guardian)"A masterful work" (Spectator)

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  • Timothy Snyder(Author)
  • Bodley Head (17 Sept. 2015)
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  • By Coymee Naro on 4 March 2016

    You do not love this kind of book, but it is very well researched, sound analysis and relevant to today...

  • By P J Ginnings on 13 June 2017

    Arrived in good time and as described. An interesting perspective that complements Snyder's other books on the subject.

  • By Guest on 11 March 2016

    good book for history

  • By Alap Paio on 24 October 2015

    Started reading, no concentration to continue. I am glad I bought this book. It is in perfect condition. Anyone that is interested in the Holocaust an what is happening in the world now.

  • By The Outsider on 1 May 2016

    Timothy Snyder has changed the way I think about WWII more than any other writer - first Bloodlands and now Black Earth. Snyder's history of the Holocaust identifies three major revisions about Hitler's war in this cross between history and essay.Firstly, he takes Hitler at his word - the war was a race war against the Jews first and foremost, designed to return humanity to a primitive state in keeping with the 'modern idea' of survival of the fittest. The Jews twisted humanity to protect the weak, and this made them a poison for those who believed that the strong deserved what they could take. This was his driving idea - not just a means to justify German expansion.Secondly, he demonstrates how intertwined the German and Soviet Union were in destroying the Jews. Through collaboration with Stalin, the states of Eastern Europe - Belarus, Ukraine, the Baltic States and particularly Poland - were undermined - and thus, the rule of law which protected Jews was eliminated. Where this happened, say in Estonia, the Jews were virtually wiped out. Where this didn't happen, say Denmark, the Jews mostly survived, as the state protected them. No one has ever held the Soviet Union to account for the Holocaust, but their involvement and that of its citizenry, is undeniable.Thirdly, he shows that the predominant form of killing Jews and others was not Auschwitz and camps, but shooting and gassing with carbon monoxide in vans. Only about 1 million were killed in the machine of the camps, but over 4.5 million were killed using these more personal methods. They are forgotten, in his view, so that the everyday citizens of Germany, Poland, the Baltics, Ukraine and Belarus - and the Soviet Union - could escape blame. Pin it all on the Nazis, SS and Hitler - clearly a wrong conclusion.At the end of the book, there is a conclusion and a warning that is worth noting. The end of the Green Revolution, climate change, etc. are making some of the dog eat dog conditions that formed Hitler's views about struggle are re-emerging. Snyder is worried about how this will effect a hungry China, a reckless Russia and a poor Africa. The conditions of the Holocaust are not unique, all they need is events to progress in the wrong way and a Hitler to lead the world into the abyss.Snyder is one of the most impressive deep thinkers in the field, a Yale professor who does the hard research in 11 languages, and writes clearly and concisely. Most importantly, he has a fresh point of view based on his scholarship. If Bloodlands created a new star, Black Earth confirms him as the rising star of WWII historians.Essential reading.

  • By Dr Andy Jones on 22 October 2015

    This is an utterly absorbing, thoughtful and erudite work. Not only that, it is an excellent work of prose. I suspect this will be one of the most valuable works written on this subject. Its last chapter is an absorbing and well argued essay on Professor Snyder's opinions developed in the rest of the book. This is one of those rare books that change one's life. Buy it then set some time aside and read it, straight away. If you are interested ,not only in our past but also our future, this work is essential. I would implore any politician to read this work.This is a difficult phrase to write given the subject matter of this work but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Despite its harrowing subject matter it is a very good read.

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