Svetlana Alexievich: The Truth in Many Voices

October 12, 2015 Timothy Snyder Jean Gaumy/Magnum Photos The Chernobyl nuclear power station, May 2008 It is right, but also not quite right, to celebrate the journalist and contemporary historian, Svetlana Alexievich, this year’s laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, as a Belarusian writer. The force of her work, the source of its power […]

The Real Reason Russia Is ‘Helping’ Syria

Eighteen months ago, when Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, confusion prevailed in the West. Today, as Russia sends troops, armor, and aircraft to Syria, we are once again perplexed. On Monday President Vladimir Putin provided the explanation: Russia’s intervention is aimed to defeat ISIS and reduce the flow of refugees to Europe. A review of the last major Russian intervention, in Ukraine, might help us to evaluate this claim.

Edge of Europe, End of Europe

(RU) «Тема столкновения российской дезинтеграции и европейской интеграции хорошо знакома украинцам. В украинском Харькове, на расстоянии менее двадцати миль от российской границы, проживал один из мыслителей, видевших в перспективе этот долгий процесс интеллектуального взаимодействия. Юрий Шевелёв…». Один из самых известных западных историков, специализирующихся на странах Восточной Европы, — Тимоти Снайдер — в статье «Edge of Europe, End of Europe» для New York Review of Books упоминает Харьков и делает параллели между Мыколой Хвылевым и Сергеем Жаданом. «МедиаПорт» публикует полный перевод материала.

While Stalin was Hitler’s Ally

15.12.2014
Timothy Snyder

As Vladimir Putin revives the tradition of wars of aggression on European territory, the Russian past has be adjusted – in speaking of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy.
As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the alliance between Hitler and Stalin that began the Second World War. In speaking of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact as good foreign policy doing so he violates both the long Soviet taboo and adjusts his own prior position that the agreement was “immoral.” What might he have in mind?

Putin’s New Nostalgia

November 10, 2014
Timothy Snyder
As Russian military convoys continue the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has chosen to rehabilitate the alliance between Hitler and Stalin that began World War II. Speaking before an audience of Russian historians at the Museum of Modern Russian History, Putin said: “The Soviet Union signed a non-aggression agreement with Germany. They say, ‘Oh, how bad.’ But what is so bad about it, if the Soviet Union did not want to fight? What is so bad?”

Timothy Snyder. Civic history (foreword to the book “Ukrainian history, Russian politics, European future”)

How can the study of history help us to understand current affairs?  In interpreting Ukrainian revolution and Russian intervention, how might it help to know something about the east European past?  Or, in a more general way, how might it help to have a historical sensibility, a sense that the events of the present are […]

Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine

20/03/2014 Timothy Snyder The students were the first to protest against the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych on the Maidan, the central square in Kiev, last November. These were the Ukrainians with the most to lose, the young people who unreflectively thought of themselves as Europeans and who wished for themselves a life, and a […]

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