Edward Lucas has posted a wonderful review on his blog of a new history of World War II by British Historian Norman Davies. A single sentence reveals the most under-appreciated fact about the war:
Stalin's death camps killed more people than Hitler's.Always ahead of the curve, La Russophobe has already reported on
Mr Davies's biggest demolition job is of the factual errors and ignorance that support the complacent national versions of wartime history. One notable example is the British myth that says that the island fortress stood “alone” against Hitler in 1940, which rudely neglects the efforts made by the Poles, Greeks and others. But these pale beside the monstrous failure of the Western powers to appreciate, then or later, the nature of their Soviet ally. The biggest and bloodiest struggle by far of the European war was between two gangster regimes whose awful treatment of their own people and neighbours is unmatched before or since. That, argues Mr Davies, makes it hard if not impossible to say that the war was any kind of struggle between a good and evil side.Davies' analysis could not be more timely. Will we make the same mistake a second time where Russia is concerned?