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

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.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407020808
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is Levin Professor of History at Yale University, and has written and edited a number of critically acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history: his most recent book, On Tyranny, was an international bestseller. 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.

Snyder is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences, and sits on the advisory council of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research.

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Praise for The Red Prince

“Riotous and engrossing”


“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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