Author's Dinner with Timothy Snyder
At the fourth CES Author's dinner on 8 May 2012, Timothy Snyder, one of the rising stars of US contemporary historical research, discussed his latest book, "Bloodlands", and the relevance of the history of totalitarianism, with a select group of guests from the CES, the EPP, the European Parliament and other European institutions. The book won five awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. It was named to twelve book-of-the-year lists for 2010, and has been a bestseller in four countries.
Timothy Snyder has made his name through a string of historical bestsellers, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century, combining thorough research, crisp analysis and a gripping narrative.
In talking about the two most brutal ideologies of the past century, and demonstrating the interaction of Stalinism and National Socialism in the Bloodlands of Europe, between Germany and Russia, he drew profound conclusions about politics and modernity? He showed how Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and North America have developed strongly divergent narratives of the Second World War and its aftermath which inform their respective world views until the present day. The project of European integration and its strategic goals and the instruments to achieve them, for example, is based on the West European narrative of 1939-1989. It has recently been enriched by elements of the Central European narrative. But America’s and Russia’s perspective, not to forget that of the non-EU parts of the Bloodlands, will also have to be taken into account.