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Timothy Snyder

Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University

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Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals, and enjoys perhaps greater prominence in Europe, as he specializes in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, and the Holocaust. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations. 


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"Words To Fight the Many Faces of Tyranny," Timothy Snyder, Opinion, The Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2021.
"80 Years After It Started, WWII Continues to Define National Identities," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Julian Hayda, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago, September 4, 2019.
"Data vs. Knowledge: Why Only the Wise Understand the Difference," Timothy Snyder, Big Think, September 18, 2018.
"3 Ways to Avoid the Emotional Drain of Politics Today," Timothy Snyder, Big Think, July 1, 2018.
"Historian Timothy Snyder on Trump’s War on Democracy: He is Deliberately “Hurting White People”," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Chauncey Devega, Salon, May 9, 2018.
Timothy Snyder quoted by John Schwane, "Grammar for Gun-Rights Enthusiasts" Tulsa World, May 9, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on Tim Adams, "The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder Review – Chilling and Unignorable," The Guardian, April 15, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on resisting threats to democracy discussed by Rohit Kumar, "A Handbook for Citizens in Democracies – and a Warning for India," The Wire, April 12, 2018.
"Are We on 'The Road to Unfreedom’? Timothy Snyder Considers This Political Moment through History's Lens," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Jennifer Day, The Chicago Tribune, April 4, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on Jonathan Kirsch, "On a Rocky ‘Road to Unfreedom’," Jewish Journal, April 4, 2018.
"America is at War with Propaganda Robots — and the Bots are Winning by Breaking Us Down Psychologically," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Steven Rosenfield, Raw Story, April 2, 2018.
"Democracy Down," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Isaac Chotiner, Slate, March 29, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on Edward Lucas, "Review: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder — Why the West is Losing to Putin," The Times, March 24, 2018.
"Timothy Snyder: Trump May Use Russian Interference as a Pretext for Canceling Elections," Timothy Snyder, Interview with Chauncey Devega, Salon TV, February 23, 2018.
Guest to discuss The Lessons of Tyranny on 94.1 KPFA, Timothy Snyder, February 22, 2018.
Timothy Snyder quoted by Marc Santora, "Poland’s ‘Death Camp’ Law Tears at Shared Bonds of Suffering with Jews" New York Times, February 6, 2018.
Timothy Snyder quoted by David Hogberg, "What Good is Democracy if the Result is Trump?" The American Spectator, January 29, 2018.
Timothy Snyder quoted by Molly Ball, "'America no longer matters.' Davos isn't Worried about President Trump" TIME, January 25, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on Madeline Will, "In Today's Political Climate, It's Hard to Teach Civics, Some Teachers Say," Teaching Now, January 16, 2018.
Timothy Snyder's research on Susan Orniston, "Beware Creeping US Authoritarianism, Yale's Timothy Snyder Warns," CBC News: The National, January 7, 2018.
"Authoritarianism is Making a Comeback. Here's the Time-Tested Way to Defeat It," Timothy Snyder (with Maria J. Stephan), The Guardian, June 20, 2017.
Timothy Snyder's research on resisting the rise of authoritarianism discussed by Jingnan Peng, "'On Tyranny' Suggests Many Simple Actions Can Foster Civil Society," Christian Science Monitor, May 22, 2017.
Timothy Snyder's research on yielding to tyranny discussed by Stav Ziv, "Inside One Historian's Quest to Prevent Tyranny in America," Newsweek, April 20, 2017.
"What You - Yes, You - Can Do to Save America from Tyranny," Timothy Snyder, Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2016.
"20 Lessons from the 20th Century on How to Survive in Trump’s America," Timothy Snyder, In These Times, November 21, 2016.


"Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin" (Basic Books, 2012).

Presents the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. 

"On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Argues that the political order of today faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.  Explains that we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism, but that our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.