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Timothy Snyder

    timothy-snyderHistorian and award-winning author Professor Timothy Snyder will take up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for 2013-14.

Professor Snyder is currently the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust. A prolific author, he has written five award-winning books including Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, which has been awarded ten awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding and was named on 12 book-of-the-year lists for 2010.

Professor Snyder said: “I am delighted to be returning to the UK, where I earned my doctorate, and feel privileged to be joining colleagues whom I greatly admire at LSE.”

Professor Arne Westad, director of LSE IDEAS, said: “Tim Snyder has revolutionized our understanding of Central and Eastern European history in the 20th century. It will be a privilege to have him teach here next year.”

Professor Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997 where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He has held fellowships in Paris and Warsaw and Harvard, where he was an Academy Scholar, and is a frequent guest at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He regularly takes part in conferences on Holocaust education and is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Professor Snyder will take up the post at LSE in October 2013 and will give four public lectures over the academic year on Eastern Europe and the World and teach a postgraduate seminar on 'The Holocaust as Global History'.

Select publication

  • Thinking the Twentieth Century (Penguin Press, 2012)
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010)
  • The Red Prince: the secret lives of a Habsburg archduke (Basic Books, 2008)Sketches from a Secret War: a Polish artist’s mission to liberate Soviet Ukraine(Yale University Press, 2005)
  • The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (Yale University Press, 2003)
  • Nationalism, Marxism and Modern Central Europe: a biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (Harvard University Press, 1997)

Timothy Snyder is currently at work on two books, one a study of the Holocaust and the other a global history of Eastern Europe.


Professor Snyder will teach a seminar entitled: 'The Holocaust as Global History'.

Tuesdays 11.00 - 13.00
Wednesdays 11.00 - 13.00

Michaelmas Term, Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Lent Term, Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Room: 32L.B.13


  • If Russia swallows Ukraine, the European system is finished
    Writing for CNN, Professor Timothy Snyder argues that "the seizure of Crimea was meant as a challenge to the European Union. It is meant to prove that European values cannot defend themselves. Can they?"
  • How Europe Should Respond to Russian Intervention in Ukraine
    Writing for New Republic, Professor Timothy Snyder argues that "the Russian social order depends upon the Europe that Russian propaganda mocks. And beneath hypocrisy, as usual, lies vulnerability."
  • 'Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda' by Timothy Snyder
    Professor Timothy Snyder writes in the New York Review of Books about how "the message from authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Kiev was not so different from some of what was written during the uprising in the English-speaking world, especially in publications of the far left and the far right."
  • Dear Kremlin: Careful with Crimea
    Professor Timothy Snyder writes for Foreign Policy on why a Russian intervention in southern Ukraine could rebound against Moscow. "Russia seems to have made a bad bet in Ukraine. Its foreign policy, tactically agile as ever, was strategically unsound."
  • What It Means When The 'Wolf Cries Wolf': Fascism In Ukraine
    Listen to Professor Snyder discuss his recent article 'Fascism, Russia and Ukraine', with Robert Seigel from 'All Things Considered'.
  • Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine - New York Review of Books
    Philippe Roman Chair 2013/2014, Professor Timothy Snyder argues that "Ukraine is not a theater for the historical propaganda of others or a puzzle from which pieces can be removed. It is a major European country whose citizens have important cultural and economic ties with both the European Union and Russia. To set its own course, Ukraine needs normal public debate, the restoration of parliamentary democracy, and workable relations with all of its neighbors."
  • Don’t Let Putin Grab Ukraine - By Prof Timothy Snyder
    Writing for the New York Times, Professor Timothy Snyder argues that the present crisis in Ukraine "is a test for the European Union. The Ukrainian leaders who organize violence and keep close ties with Russia are already in Europe — with their diplomatic passports, bank accounts, front companies, residences and lobbyists. The real question is whether oligarchy or inclusion is the future of Europe."
  • The War to End War - Outbreak, Development, and Aftermath
    Professor Timothy Snyder will participate in 'The War to End War' - a series of public lectures and debates on the Outbreak, Development, and Aftermath of the First World War. Winter 2013/2014. Organised by the Fritt Ord Foundation.
  • Witold Pilecki – The Auschwitz Volunteer
    Professor Snyder will be giving a lecture on Witold Pileck, who voluntarily went to Auschwitz on a secret mission to explore the camp, send reports back to the Home Army (Armia Krajowa), and organize resistance. Pilecki’s reports, which have recently been published in English (2012) and German (2013), did, however, not lead to the hoped-for response from the Allies.
  • A Way Out for Ukraine? by Timothy Snyder | NYRblog |
    Professor Snyder writes an article for the The New York Review of Books entitled: A Way Out for Ukraine? "The EU (and of course the United States) should support a dialogue that might consider resolutions of that sort. Western leaders must also condemn violence and consider personal sanctions upon those who were (or will be) responsible for the beatings of peaceful protestors. The EU should also invest where it has strength and will eventually win: in youth." Read more here.
  • Prof Snyder presents at the Central European Forum, Bratislava
    Professor Snyder will talk about European memories on the 16th November, at the Central European Forum in Bratislava. This is the fifth year this conference is being held and it will be accompanied by a presentation of the Slovak translation of Timothy Snyder’s book “Bloodlands”.
  • Public Lecture - The Holocaust as Global History, St Andrews University
    Professor Timothy Snyder delivered a public lecture at St Andrews University, on the 1st November entitled: The Holocaust as Global History. This was organised by the Department of History and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.
  • The Holocaust and the State - Edinburgh Univeristy Seminar Series
    On Thursday 31st October Professor Timothy Snyder discussed 'The Holocaust and the State' at The Centre for The Study of Modern Conflict at Edinburgh University.
  • Lecture at UCL - Rescue during the Holocaust: Sources and Causes
    In a lecture drawn from his forthcoming book on the causes of the Holocaust, and based upon survivor sources drawn from several archives and countries, Timothy Snyder sought to explain the reasons why the rescue of Jews was more or less likely at different times and places in Europe.
  • The State and the Holocaust: A Reconsideration
    Professor Timothy Snyder presented a research seminar at the International History Department, Sheffield University on 29th October, 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm, entitled The State and the Holocaust: A Reconsideration.

Photo courtesy of Ine Gundersveen.


          Forthcoming Events


The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6.30-8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building


            Previous Events


The Origins of the Nations: The Brotherlands Hypothesis

Tuesday 15 October 2013, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building


The Origins of the Revolution: Marx and Eastern Europe

Tuesday 5 November 2013, 6.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

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The Origins of Mass Killing: The Bloodlands Hypothesis

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 6.30-8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building