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Anne Applebaum Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum took up the post of Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the School for 2012-13. She was the first woman to ever hold this position.

Anne Applebaum is the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, and a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. After graduating from Yale University, Anne Applebaum was a Marshall Scholar at both the LSE and St. Antony’s College Oxford. She has also lectured at Yale and Columbia Universities, amongst others.

Anne Applebaum’s journalistic work focuses on US and international politics, with a particular focus on economic and political transition. Her career began in 1989 at The Economist, where she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent. In 1993 she became the Foreign Editor, and then the Deputy Editor, of the Spectator magazine in London, and has also held the position of Political Editor of the Evening Standard. She has written columns for numerous British newspapers throughout her career, including The Guardian, Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, before joining the Washington Post in 2001.

Her recent and best known book, Gulag: A history, won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, as well as Britain’s Duff-Cooper Prize. Gulag: A history has appeared in over two dozen translations, including all major European languages. Her first book Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe awarded her the Adolph Bentinck Special Mention Award in 1996. In 2010 in Budapest, she received the Petöfi Prize for promotion of freedom and democracy in Central Europe.

Select Publications

  • Gulag: A History (Doubleday, New York/Penguin, London; 2002)
  • Gulag Voices: An Anthology (editor) (Yale University Press, New Haven; 2010)
  • Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe (Pantheon Books, New York/Macmillan, London; 1995)

Anne Applebaum's latest work Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 - 1956  was published on 4 October 2012. It explains how Communism was imposed on the previously free societies of Central and Eastern Europe, in the decade after the end of the Second World War.


Prof Applebaum tought a seminar titled: 

‘The History of the Soviet Union and of the Post-Soviet Transition.'


Previous events 


Does Eastern Europe Still Exist?

Tuesday 12 March, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building


Putinism: The Ideology

Tuesday 12 February, 6.30pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


The Gulag: What We Know Now and Why Matters

Tuesday 20 November, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

America and the World - After the Election

Monday 12 November 2012, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building


True Believers: Collaboration and Opposition under Totalitarian Regimes

Wednesday 17 October, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building