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Timothy Snyder Receives 2011 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Gerald
Dec. 5, 2011
Phone: (202) 745-3239

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Timothy Snyder is the recipient of the 2011 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010).
The $10,000 award is given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.

The Society presented the award on Friday, Dec. 2 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
In Bloodlands, Snyder has written a new kind of European history, presenting as one story the mass murder by Nazi and Stalinist regimes of thirteen to fourteen million noncombatants in Eastern Europe between the years 1933 and 1945. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.
“I am especially gratified to receive this award, in part because of its outstanding tradition, and in part because of its concern precisely for the condition of humanity, which is the concluding concern of my book, and a basic concept throughout,” Snyder said. “I’m very happy also that a generation of new research in east European and Jewish history, to which I owe many debts, has in effect also been recognized.”
Snyder is a professor of history at Yale University, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Holocaust. He is also affiliated with the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna and the College d’Europe in Natolin. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, in 1997.

Also this year, Randall Fuller received the Christian Gauss Award for From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011). Burton Richter received the Book Award in Science for Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2010). They were honored along with Snyder at the December awards ceremony in Washington.
For more about the 2011 book award winners, see the announcement on our website here.  

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship, and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly journal.

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