The Soviet Union was the largest state in the twentieth-century world, but its repressive power and terrible ambition were most clearly on display in Europe. Under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union transformed itself and then all of the European countries with which it came into contact. This volume considers each aspect of the encounter of Stalin with Europe: the attempt to create a kind of European state by accelerating the European model of industrial development in the USSR; mass murder in anticipation of a war against European powers; the actual contact with Europe's greatest power, Nazi Germany, first as ally and then as enemy; four years of war fought chiefly on Soviet territory and bringing untold millions of deaths, including much of the Holocaust; and finally the reestablishment of the Soviet system, not just in prewar territory of the USSR, but in Western Ukraine, Western Belarus, the Baltic States, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and East Germany.
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About the Author
Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of central and eastern Europe. He is the author of numerous books, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.
Ray Brandon is a freelance translator, historian, and researcher based in Berlin. He is the co-editor of The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Soviet History and European History, Timothy Snyder
1. The Gulag and Police Colonization in the Soviet Union, Lynne Viola
2. The Sino-Kazakh Border and the Kazakh Famine, Sarah Cameron
3. Stalin, Espionage, and Counter-Espionage, Hiroaki Kuromiya and Andrzej Peplonski
4. The Polish Underground under Soviet Occupation, 1939-1941, Rafal Wnuk
5. Soviet Economic Policy in Annexed Eastern Poland, 1939-1941, Marek Wierzbicki
6. Lviv under Soviet Rule, 1939-1941, Christoph Mick
7. German Economic Plans for the Soviet Union, 1941-1944, Alex J. Kay
8. The Holocaust in Ukraine, Dieter Pohl
9. Belarusian Partisans and German Reprisals, Timm Richter
10. Stalin's Wartime Vision of the Peace, 1939-1945, Geoffrey Roberts
11. The Consolidation of a Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe, 1941-1948, Mark Kramer
13. The Tito-Stalin Split and the Reconsolidation of the Bloc, 1948-1953, Mark Kramer