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The Red Prince by Timothy Snyder
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it was amazing
bookshelves: history, eastern-europe, academic

“The Red Prince” offers a fascinating window into the life of a one-time Habsburg archduke, while simultaneously telling the story of Central and Eastern Europe from the outbreak of the First World War to the ¬consolidation of Communist power in 1949. Archduke Wilhelm’s story is a rather interesting study of the fluidity/rigidity of European ethnic identity in the short 20th century – a Habsburg by birth, a Pole by upraising, a Ukrainian by choice, a German by Nazi racial standards, and an Austrian by citizenship. Snyder presents all the colorful details of Wilhem’s life that draw the reader into this engaging, entertaining, and enlightening read. Snyder’s work also examines the dynastic ambitions and strategies of the Habsburg family immediately before and after the Empire’s collapse, the precarious situation of a dispossessed Habsburg in the interwar years, the evolution of the Ukrainian national idea, and the role of war and chaos in creating modern European nation states. I recommend this book without reservation to all students of Eastern European history, particularly those interested in Ukrainian and Habsburg history. Having been pleasantly surprised by Snyder’s wit and writing style in “The Red Prince” I am now eagerly anticipating reading Snyder’s latest highly acclaimed work “Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin.”
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October 12, 2012 – Shelved
November 19, 2012 – Started Reading
November 23, 2012 –
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November 24, 2012 –
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November 24, 2012 – Finished Reading

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