The FINANCIAL -- Historian and award-winning author Professor Timothy Snyder will take up
the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for
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.
The Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs is based in LSE IDEAS, the centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. The annual post gives LSE the chance to bring a renowned academic from another part of the world to the School for a year of research, teaching and discussion.
According to LSE, 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.
His other award winning books are Nationalism, Marxism and Modern Central Europe: a biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz; The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine , Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999; Sketches from a Secret War: a Polish artist’s mission to liberate Soviet Ukraine ; The Red Prince: the secret lives of a Habsburg archduke; and Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin. Most recently he helped the late Tony Judt compose a thematic intellectual history entitled Thinking the Twentieth Century. He is currently at work on two books, one a study of the Holocaust and the other a global history of eastern Europe.
The current holder of the post is Professor Anne Applebaum. Former Philippe Roman Chairs include Professors Ramachandra Guha, Niall Ferguson, Giles Keppel, Chen Jian and Paul Kennedy.
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 as well as conduct a postgraduate seminar series entitled The Holocaust as World History.