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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407020808
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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The Red Prince

The Fall of a Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Europe




'There are few historians who possess Timothy Snyder's winning combination of languages, stylish story-telling and analytical insight; in The Red Prince, he has produced a gem' Guardian

Wilhelm von Habsburg wore the uniform of an Austrian officer, the court regalia of a Habsburg archduke, the simple suit of a Parisian exile, the decorations of the Order of the Golden Fleece and, every so often, a dress. He spoke the Italian of his archduke mother, the German of his archduke father, the English of his British royal friends, the Polish of the country his father wished to rule and the Ukrainian of the land Wilhelm wished to rule himself.

Timothy Snyder's masterful biography is not only a reconstruction of the life of this extraordinary man - a man who remained loyal to his Ukrainian dreams even after the country's dissolution in 1921- but also charts the final collapse of the ancien regime in Europe and the rise of a new world order.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407020808
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Road to Unfreedom and most recently On Tyranny which was an international bestseller.

His previous books include Black Earth, which was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the annual prize of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee; and Bloodlands, which won the Hannah Arendt Prize, the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award in the Humanities and the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Praise for The Red Prince

Riotous and engrossing

Independent

Snyder's portrait of the Hapsburgs in all their eccentricity is a delight...Snyder is exceptional in bringing not only a vast expertise to the subject, but also an elegant style and a gift for narrative

Sunday Times

As a vivid portrait of a vanished world the book is superb, being both prodigiously researched and elegantly written

Daily Telegraph

Timothy Snyder is not only one of the leading authorities on Central European history writing today, he is also an elegant stylist, with a talent for storytelling - a wonderful combination.

Anne Applebaum

He is one of this country's most talented and innovative historians of Central and Eastern Europe... I hugely admired The Reconstruction of Nations and eagerly look forward to The Red Prince.

Niall Ferguson

The Red Prince adds an absorbing chapter to the story of the Hapsburgs in their last days of empire

Literary Review

Snyder's research is impeccable

Sunday Telegraph

Timothy Snyder is one of the most remarkable and original historians of Eastern Europe in his generation. His work commands our attention.

Timothy Garton Ash

Snyder's biography fully captures the chaos, intrigue, and glamour of a vanished Mitteleuropa

Sunday Express

Scrupulously researched and eye-opening

Nicholas Bagnall, The Sunday Telegraph

For any biographer this would be a dream of a life, but Snyder is exceptional in bringing not only a vast expertise to the subject, but also an elegant style and gift for narrative.

Christopher Hart, The Sunday Times

An engaging portrait of a little-known and puzzling character

Ian Pinder, Guardian

The talented historian Timothy Snyder recounts an intriguing life-history against the turbulent backdrop of east-central Europe in the first half of the 20th century

History Magazine

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