The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

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Black Earth

The Holocaust as History and Warning

A New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Editors' Choice Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015 The Economist’s Best Books of 2015 The Washington Post's Notable Nonfiction Books of 2015Shortlisted for the 2016 Mark Lynton History Prize… More


The Red Prince

The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke

"Here is a master historian at work--patient, determined, scrupulous and smart. And how many times a year am I told a story that I've never even heard of? Not often. So, caution, highly addictive!" -- Alan… More


The Reconstruction of Nations

Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999

“The Reconstruction of Nations is a brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe. Snyder highlights the success of contemporary leaders of Poland in bringing… More


Stalin and Europe

Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

"Stalin and Europe continues a process of reorientation that seeks to incorporate Eastern European and Russian history into European history. The issue of Stalinism and its place in Europe is a particularly treacherous challenge, which this… More


Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe

A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1872-1905) (Harvard Papers in Ukrainian Studies)

"In his magisterial Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe...Timothy Snyder re-evaluates an intellectual prodigy whose death from tuberculosis at the tragically early age of thirty-three robbed Polish socialism of a political talent to rival that of… More


The Wall around the West

State Borders and Immigration Controls in North America and Europe

"As restrictions on trade, capital, and technology flows come down, border control agencies have often become the fastest growing branches of Western governments. The Wall Around the West tackles head-on the central issue of how to reconcile… More