Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder (1969, Ohio) is the Richard C. Levin 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.


Selected Publications

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2017.
Über Tyrannei: Zwanzig Lektionen für den Widerstand, München: C.H.Beck, 2017.

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.

[ Complete List of Publications ]


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





Die Kunst, im kritischen Moment nichts zu tun

Im Wiener Burgtheater diskutierten am 19. Januar die beiden Historiker Timothy Snyder und Manfried Rauchensteiner, die serbische Schiftstellerin und Dramatikerin Biljana Srbljanovic sowie der Medienberater und Autor Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen über die europäische Urkatastrophe und die Lehren daraus.
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Ukraine: The New Dictatorship

On paper, Ukraine is now a dictatorship. President Viktor Yanukovych, in having the deputies of his Party of Regions endorse an extraordinary packet of legislation, has arrogated decisive political power to himself. After hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians spent weeks in the cold demonstrating for basic human rights and a stronger association with Europe, the president has responded with a violation of human rights and a rather sad imitation of Russia.
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“Die Monarchie war nicht zum Scheitern verurteilt”

2014 jährt sich der Beginn des Ersten Weltkrieges zum 100. Mal. IWM Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder nahm dieses Ereignis zum Anlass, um über die Folgen des Ersten Weltkriegs sowie Parallelen zwischen der Habsburger Monarchie und der Europäischen Union nachzudenken. Neben einem Artikel im Feuilleton der NZZ kann an dieser Stelle ein Gespräch zwischen Timothy Snyder und Michael Freund nachgelesen werden.
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Ukraine: Putin’s Denial

Can we imagine large numbers of people spending cold nights in a tent for the idea that Russia and Ukraine are one nation? Confronting policemen? Getting beaten by clubs? Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in Kiev and throughout the country are spending nights in the cold and risking arrest and pain to show that they care about Ukraine and its distinct future. But they hope it will be a European one, not a Russian one.
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Why Does Karl Marx Matter?

The purpose of this lecture is to take Karl Marx seriously as a philosopher and social critic, inquire about Marxist traditions that have been lost (and found), consider with the distance of two decades the question of the Marxist character of the Soviet Union and its satellites, and to argue that the Marxist tradition is far more present in contemporary discourse and politics than we imagine. If Marx is indeed still with us, then we have little choice but to consider which Marx and why, and then to ask whether attention to the original philosophy might help us evaluate the legacy.
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A Way Out for Ukraine?

Would anyone anywhere in the world be willing to take a truncheon in the head for the sake of a trade agreement with the United States? This is the question we Americans might be asking ourselves these last few days, as we watch young Ukrainians being beaten in Kiev for protesting their own government’s decision not to enter an association agreement with the European Union.
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The Inevitability of the Unexpected.

Commentary on: Roman Szporluk: Russia, Ukraine, and the Breakup of the Soviet Union Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2000 Few things are so little rewarded as being right at the time. Those who provide plausible reconstructions of the past are respected as historians; those who provide controversial running commentaries do well as media personalities. A historian …
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Timothy Snyder mit Hannah-Arendt-Preis für politisches Denken ausgezeichnet

IWM Permanent Fellow Timothy Snyder erhält den mit 7.500 Euro dotierten Hannah-Arendt-Preis für Politisches Denken. Sein Buch "Bloodlands. Europa zwischen Hitler und Stalin" habe der Jury zufolge "ein vergessenes und verdrängtes Kapitel der europäischen Geschichte aufgeschlagen".
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“Der Wandel des Energie-Regimes wird unsere Epoche prägen”

Über das Ende der Monarchie, die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels sowie die NSA-Spionageaffaire sprach Timothy Snyder, Professor für Geschichte an der Yale University und Permanent Fellow am IWM, mit Thomas Seifert von der Wiener Zeitung (Foto: Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de).
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Thinking the Twentieth Century. Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Judt, Snyder: Thinking the 20th Century
         Thinking the Twentieth Century is a major new history of modern intellectual life—an original and moving blend of intellectual history, personal reflection, and passionate debate spanning continents and generations. In a dialogue with fellow historian Timothy Snyder, Tony Judt reflects on the ironies and paradoxes of twentieth-century thought—from fascism and communism to liberalism and …
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