Timothy D. Snyder

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Timothy D. Snyder
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Snyder in 2016 at Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena
BornTimothy David Snyder
(1969-08-18) August 18, 1969 (age 49)
Ohio, United States
Spouse(s)
Marci Shore (m. 2005)
Children2
AwardsAmerican Historical Association's George Louis Beer Award (2003),[1]
Hannah Arendt Prize (2013),
The VIZE 97 Prize (2015)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineHistory of Eastern Europe
Institutions

Timothy David Snyder (born 1969) is an American author and historian specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.[2] Snyder is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Early life and education[edit]

Snyder was born on August 18, 1969,[3] in southwestern Ohio, the son of Christine (Hadley), a homemaker, and Estel Eugene Snyder, a veterinarian.[4] Snyder graduated from Centerville High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Brown University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in modern history in 1995 at the University of Oxford, supervised by Timothy Garton Ash and Jerzy Jedlicki. He was a Marshall Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1991 to 1994.[5]

Academic career[edit]

Snyder has held fellowships at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris from 1994 to 1995, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna in 1996, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University in 1997, and was an Academy Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1998 to 2001.

He has also been an instructor at the College of Europe Warsaw Campus, the Baron Velge Chair at the Université libre de Bruxelles, the Cleveringa Chair at the University of Leiden, Philippe Romain Chair at the London School of Economics, and the 2013 René Girard Lecturer at Stanford University.[6][7][8] Prior to assuming the Richard C. Levin Professorship of History, Snyder was the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University.

Snyder can speak and write French, German, Polish, and Ukrainian in addition to English, and read Czech, Slovak, Russian, and Belarusian. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.[9]

Work[edit]

Snyder has written five books and co-edited two. One of the latter, Thinking the Twentieth Century (2012), was written with Tony Judt while Judt was in the late stages of his illness with ALS disease.[10]

Snyder has published essays in publications such as the International Herald Tribune, The Nation, New York Review of Books,[11] the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Eurozine, Tygodnik Powszechny, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Snyder in Lviv, Ukraine, September 2014

Snyder says that he has a reading and/or speaking knowledge of eleven European languages. This enabled him to use primary and archival sources in Germany and Central Europe in researching his book, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010).

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.[12]

Snyder says that knowing other languages is 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.[13]

External video
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Ukraine: From Propaganda to Reality, Chicago Humanities Festival, 57:35, November 14, 2014

Bloodlands has been translated into 20 languages.[14]

Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Modern European History and East European Politics and Societies.[14]

Snyder at the Yalta European Strategy annual meeting, 2014

For the academic year 2013–2014, he held the Philippe Roman Chair of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[15]

Views on current US politics[edit]

Asked about how the agenda of the Trump administration compared with the Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Snyder said that:

[H]istory does not repeat. But it does offer us examples and patterns, and thereby enlarges our imaginations and creates more possibilities for anticipation and resistance.[16]

In a May 2017 interview with Salon, he warned that the Trump Administration will attempt to subvert democracy by declaring a state of emergency and take full control of the government, similar to Hitler's Reichstag fire: "it’s pretty much inevitable that they will try."[17]

Teaching[edit]

Snyder teaches a two-part lecture course at Yale covering the history of Eastern Europe pre- and post-1914, a critical turning point in world affairs. In the past he has also taught an undergraduate seminar on communism in Eastern Europe.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2005, Snyder has been married to Marci Shore, a professor of European cultural and intellectual history at Yale University. Snyder and Shore have two children together.[19]

Awards[edit]

Selected works[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Louis Beer Prize American Historical Association (homepage), Retrieved November 30, 2012
  2. ^ Ian Kershaw and Timothy Snyder to be honoured with Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding 2012 Leipzig.de, January 16, 2012 Archived March 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Library of Congress Authorities". LCNAF Cataloging in Publication data - LC Control Number: no 98080445. LOC. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  4. ^ ""Estel Eugene Snyder and Christine Hadley Snyder"". Google Books. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Timothy Snyder Receives 2011 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award", The Phi Beta Kappa Society, 05 December 2011
  6. ^ ""Professor Timothy Snyder"". Yale University. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ ""Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands, to speak at Stanford on March 13"". Stanford University. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  8. ^ ""Timothy Snyder"". London School of Economics. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  9. ^ ""Professor Timothy Snyder"". Yale University. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Liveliest Mind in New York". New York.
  11. ^ List of articles by Snyder in The New York Review of Books
  12. ^ Igor Lukes, "Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," Republic of Letters, May 2011., May 2011
  13. ^ "Timothy Snyder, interviewed by 'Prospero', The Economist (Books), June 2011
  14. ^ a b "Best-selling author, historian Timothy Snyder to deliver W. Bruce Lincoln lecture Sept. 19", Northern Illinois University; retrieved October 3, 2012
  15. ^ "Timothy Snyder - Individual Bios - People - IDEAS - Home". Lse.ac.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  16. ^ Snyder, Timothy (February 7, 2017). "We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less" (Interview). Matthias Kolb. Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  17. ^ Devega, Chauncey (May 1, 2017). "Historian Timothy Snyder: "It's pretty much inevitable" that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy". Salon. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "History: Lecture Courses". Yale University. 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  19. ^ Marriage announcement in Lehigh Valley Morning Call, February 13, 2005
  20. ^ "Dagmar Havlova Presents 17th VIZE Award to Historian Timothy Snyder in Prague". American Friends of the Czech Republic. October 5, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Timothy Snyder". Timothy Snyder. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  22. ^ "Literatur: US-Professor Timothy Snyder erhält Hannah-Arendt-Preis - Bremen" (in German). Focus.de. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  23. ^ "The Truth about Holocaust & Stalinist Repression Winners". prakhin.org. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  24. ^ "Snyder book honored by American Academy of Arts and Letters". Yale University. March 16, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2017.

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