*Bloodlands*

The author is Timothy Snyder and the subtitle is Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.  I learned that this period was even bloodier and more brutal than I had thought:

Mass killing in Europe is usually associated with the Holocaust, and the Holocaust with rapid industrial killing.  The image is too simple and clean.  At the German and Soviet killing sites, the methods of murder were rather primitive.  Of the fourteen million civilians and prisoners of war killed in the bloodlands between 1933 and 1945, more than half died because they were denied food.  Europeans deliberately starved Europeans in horrific numbers in the middle of the twentieth century.

It is a very powerful book and I can recommend this review and this review.  Along somewhat related lines, some of you may wish to read Paul R. Gregory's Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina.  Bukharin, of course, was also an economist.  Here is Gregory on the book.  Here is Gregory on Germany's currently low unemployment rate.

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@Tyler 1 "the demographic turning point is coming sooner than I had thought (on China's aging)"

@Tyler 2 "I learned that this period was even bloodier and more brutal than I had thought (on Stalin and Hitler)"

These unavoidable facts should be the crucial background to one's informed outlook on the welfare state, immigration and religion. I was familiar with 1 & 2 from an early age because of my family's involvement, the long waves of history and so forth.

The fact that professor Cowen, who otherwise loves to signal his eclectic interests and the wide net he casts, is now signalling his lack of knowledge on these crucial facts is quite shocking.

Myabe time to read some 'Spengler'?

So you did not read : The Black book of communism, The harvest of sorrow, Dark at noon, Forever flowing. and the may books by dissenters.The volumes from the the annals of communism , or the book ( i think it is fake) about the life of women in the Berlin under the Read Army Its is the only way it can be new for you
And by the way japaneses were worst: Nankinm , Bataan and the famine that only Mao dwarfed with his 50 millions death by famine
Since you are interested in culture the Shentalinski volumes about his treatment of intellectuals and their families

"Spengler" is an out-and-out bullshitter. You have no reason to give any credence to anything he writes.

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