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Dear Colleagues, 
 
Please post the following announcement on the AAUS list, on behalf of the 2008 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute.
 
Cordially,
 
Steven Seegel
 
 
The 2008 Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute invites the community to a 

 

Public Lecture and Book Launch

 

The Red Prince: The Ukrainian Mission

 of a Habsburg Archduke 

(June 2008, Basic Books)

 

by 

Timothy Snyder

 

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies 

Department of History

Yale University

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thompson Room, Barker Center

Harvard University

12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA

 

In this exhilarating narrative history, prize-winning historian Timothy Snyder offers an indelible portrait of an aristocrat whose life personifies the wrenching upheavals of the first half of the twentieth century, as the rule of empire gave way to the new politics of nationalism.

 

 

Description

 

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 collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, and, every so often, a dress.  He could handle a saber, a pistol, a rudder, or a golf club; he handled women by necessity and men for pleasure.  He spoke the Italian of his archduchess 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.  

Coming of age during the First World War, Wilhelm repudiated his family to fight alongside Ukrainian peasants.  By turns he became an ally of German imperialists, a notorious French lover, an angry Austrian monarchist, a calm opponent of Hitler, and a French spy against Stalin.  The Red Prince captures an extraordinary moment in the history of Europe, in which the order of the past was giving way to an undefined future - and in which everything, including identity itself, seemed up for grabs.  

 

About the Author

 

Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University.  He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, and has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, and at Harvard.  Winner of the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for his book The Reconstruction of Nations, his most recent book, Sketches from a Secret War, was awarded the Pro Historia Polonorum by the First Congress of Foreign Researchers of Poland for the best book on Polish history by a foreign author published in the last five years.  He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.  

 

Now Available through Basic Books

 

*	A limited number of books will be available for sale at the event.  
*	To order a copy, contact Cassie.Nelson@perseusbooks.com <mailto:Cassie.Nelson@perseusbooks.com>  or see: www.perseusbooksgroup.com/basic/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0465002374 <http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/basic/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0465002374> 

 

  

Dr. Steven Seegel
Assistant Professor of History, Worcester State College
Director, Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute
Harvard University
Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
34 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02143 
phone: (865) 437-7832

 



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