Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder (1969, Ohio) is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM. He received his Bachelor of Arts in European history and political science from Brown University in 1991. He then became a British Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate in 1997.

He has held fellowships at the Centre Nationale des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris (1994-1995); the Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (1997); served as an Academy Scholar at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (1998-2001); and has held multiple fellowships at the IWM in Vienna.

Among his publications are five award-winning books, all of which have been translated.  Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow, received a number of honors, including the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought, the Leipzig Prize for European Understanding and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities.

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Selected Publications

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, New York: Tim Duggan Books, September 2015.
Black Earth: Der Holocaust und warum er sich wiederholen kann, München: C.H.Beck, September 2015.

Stalinism and Europe: Terror, War, and Domination, 1937-1947 (edited with Ray Brandon), Oxford University Press, 2014

Thinking the 20th Century (with Tony Judt), London: Penguin Books, 2011
Nachdenken über das 20. Jahrhundert (gemeinsam mit Tony Judt), München: Hanser, 2013

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, New York: Basic Books, 2010
Bloodlands. Europa zwischen Hitler und Stalin 1933-1945, München: C.H. Beck, 2011

The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of A Habsburg Archduke, New York: Basic Books, 2008
Der König der Ukraine: Die geheimen Leben des Wilhelm von Habsburg, Wien: Zsolnay, 2009

Furthermore, Snyder is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Review of Books Blog.

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Former affiliations at the IWM:
2004-05, Visting Fellow
1996, Junior Visiting Fellow

 

 

 

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Timothy Snyder was Awarded “Man of the Year” Prize by Gazeta Wyborcza

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Gazeta Wyborcza, the first Polish independent broadsheet established in 1989, celebrated its 27th anniversary and awarded its “Man of the Year” prize to Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the IWM.
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Poland vs. History

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Perhaps the greatest surprise in the Polish government’s decision is the implicit alliance with current Russian memory policy. The move to limit the Polish history of World War II to the week-long engagement with Germany at Westerplatte in 1939 follows a Russian script that is entirely on the record. In a speech at Westerplatte in 2009, Vladimir Putin accepted that Poland, and not the USSR, was the first victim of German aggression. But there was an important proviso, which he has amplified several times since. The German attack on Poland, Putin asserts, was a consequence of Poland’s own dealings with Nazi Germany before the war, rather than a result of the Soviet-German alliance of 1939.
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Bookpresentation by Timothy Snyder: Black Earth.The Holocaust as History and Warning

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In his new book 'Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning', presented at Wien Museum on October 22, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.
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Warnings from Another Refugee Crisis

BUDAPEST - SEPTEMBER 7: child shoes for war refugees at Keleti Railway Station on 7 September 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Refugees are arriving constantly to Hungary on the way to Germany.
The last world war began amidst a refugee crisis. In discussions of refugees today, many European politicians neglect to mention how exclusion led to murder the last time around.
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Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past and Future II

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President Putin has used the occasion of the Russian invasion of southern and southeastern Ukraine to provide alternative readings of contemporary European history. These have included, both last fall and this spring, a rehabilitation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the agreement between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that began the Second World War in Europe. What does this convey about Russian domestic politics and about the vision of Russian foreign policy for the future of Europe?
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Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning

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Black Earth. The Holocaust as History and Warning New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2015 In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten …
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Ukraine, Russia, and Europe, Past and Future

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The view from just beyond the eastern border of the European project can help us to see what is historically exceptional about the European Union – and also its essential vulnerabilities, says Timothy Snyder in his first IWM Lecture in Human Sciences.
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Russland und die Ukraine – Historische Hintergründe eines europäischen Konflikts

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Mit der Annexion der Krim hat Russland das Völkerrecht gebrochen und die europäische Sicherheitsarchitektur erschüttert. Mit den Kämpfen im Osten der Ukraine hat es die territoriale Unversehrtheit seines Nachbarlandes erneut verletzt. Welche Motive stehen hinter dem Handeln Moskaus? Am 10. Juni 2015 sprach IWM Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder vor dem Deutschen Bundestag.
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War and Peace (1945-2015)

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Timothy Snyder, Permanent Fellow at the IWM, on the problems of commemorating the end of World War II at the conference "War and Peace (1945-2015)", organised by the EPP Group in the European Parliament, the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. (© Photo: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung)
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When Stalin was Hitler’s Ally

As Russia revives the tradition of wars of aggression on European territory, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy. But why violate now what was for so long a Soviet taboo? Timothy Snyder explains.
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