Synopses & Reviews
Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship. He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace.
A work of profound scholarship and considerable importance.”Timothy Garton Ash, St. Antonys College, University of Oxford
Timothy Snyders style is a welcome reminder that history writing can beindeed, ought to bea literary pursuit.”Charles King, Times Literary Supplement
A brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe. It has major implications for all of us who want to understand the processes of state collapse and nation-building in the world.”Samuel P. Huntington, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Snyders ultimate query in this fresh and stimulating look at the path to nationhood is how the bitter experiences along the way, including the bitterestethnic cleansingare to be overcome.”Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs
and#8220;The Reconstruction of Nations is a brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe. Snyder highlights the success of contemporary leaders of Poland in bringing an end to the centuries of war, conquest, and ethnic cleansing, which have plagued that part of the world. His study has major implications for all of us who want to understand the processes of state collapse and nation-building in the world.and#8221;and#8212;Samuel P. Huntington, Chairman, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
"[A] fresh and stimulating look at the path to nationhood."and#8212;Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs
Modern nationalism in northeastern Europe has often led to violence and then reconciliation between nations with bloody pasts. In this fascinating book, Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Belarusian nationhood over four centuries, discusses various atrocities (including the first account of the massive Ukrainian-Polish ethnic cleansings of the 1940s), and examines Polandand#8217;s recent successful negotiations with its newly independent Eastern neighbors, as it has channeled national interest toward peace.
About the Author
Timothy Snyder is assistant professor of history at Yale University.