Timothy D. Snyder

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Timothy D. Snyder
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Born (1969-08-18) August 18, 1969 (age 45)
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields History
Institutions Yale University, London School of Economics and Political Science
Alma mater Brown University (B.A.)
University of Oxford (D.Phil)
Notable awards American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Award (2003),[1] Hannah Arendt Prize (2013)

Timothy D. Snyder (born August 18, 1969)[2] is an American historian. He is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust. For the academic year 2013–2014, he has been the holder of the Philippe Roman Chair of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science [3] He is also affiliated with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna[4] and the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland. Mr. Snyder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Education and personal life[edit]

Timothy D. Snyder

Timothy Snyder was born in southwestern Ohio and graduated from Centerville High School, 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Dayton, where his father, a physician, and his mother reside. He received his BA from Brown University and his doctorate (1997) from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.[5] He has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, and as an Academy Scholar at Harvard University. Since 2005 Snyder has been married to Marci Shore, a professor of European cultural and intellectual history at Yale.[6]

Books and accomplishments[edit]

Snyder has written five and co-edited two books, one of them, Thinking the Twentieth Century (2012), with the late distinguished historian Tony Judt, written while the latter was dying of ALS disease. The numerous publications in which Snyder's essays have appeared include: the International Herald Tribune, The Nation, New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Eurozine, Tygodnik Powszechny, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Snyder states that he has a reading and/or speaking knowledge of eleven European languages. This enabled him to make good use of primary and archival sources in Germany and Central Europe in researching his book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, which was published in 2010 to considerable acclaim. Reviewer Igor Lukes noted:

A word about sources. Snyder introduces his Bibliography with an impressive list of seventeen archival collections located in six countries. Yet a closer look at the text and endnotes reveals that evidence drawn from archives represents but a small fraction of this book’s evidentiary apparatus. This is a project built on secondary sources. The point is that many of Snyder’s secondary sources are of the kind that even many specialists are unlikely to have seen, which is hardly surprising because Snyder can do research in ten languages, some pretty exotic. Bloodlands takes nuggets from each source, then assembles them into an original mosaic. Almost every paragraph of the book’s eleven chapters is supported by one or several previously underutilized secondary sources.[7]

Snyder himself calls the question of languages very important: "If you don't know Russian, you don't really know what you're missing. . . . We can only see as much, and we can only go as far as our languages take us. I wrote this book in English, but there are very important conversations that are happening in German, Russian, Polish and so on among those historians, and the book is addressed to all of them."[8] Bloodlands has been translated into twenty languages.[9]

Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies.[10]

Select bibliography[edit]



  1. ^ George Louis Beer Prize American Historical Association (homepage), Retrieved November 30, 2012
  2. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities". LCNAF Cataloging in Publication data - LC Control Number: no 98080445. LOC. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Timothy Snyder - Individual Bios - People - IDEAS - Home". Lse.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  4. ^ Ian Kershaw and Timothy Snyder to be honoured with Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2012 Leipzig.de, January 16, 2012[dead link]
  5. ^ Timothy Snyder Receives 2011 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award The Phi Beta Kappa Society, December 5, 2011
  6. ^ Marriage announcement in Lehigh Valley Morning Call, February 13, 2005
  7. ^ Igor Lukes, Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," Republic of Letters, May 2011.
  8. ^ Timothy Snyder, interviewed by "Prospero", The Economist (Books), June 2011.
  9. ^ Best-selling author, historian Timothy Snyder to deliver W. Bruce Lincoln lecture Sept. 19 Northern Illinois University, retrieved October 3, 2012
  10. ^ Best-selling author, historian Timothy Snyder to deliver W. Bruce Lincoln lecture Sept. 19 Northern Illinois University, retrieved October 3, 2012
  11. ^ "Literatur: US-Professor Timothy Snyder erhält Hannah-Arendt-Preis - Bremen - FOCUS Online - Nachrichten" (in German). Focus.de. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 
  12. ^ "The Truth about Holocaust & Stalinist Repression Winners". prakhin.org. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

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