The Red Prince

The Red Prince Wilhelm Von Habsburg wore the uniform of the 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 s

  • Title: The Red Prince
  • Author: Timothy Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780465002375
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wilhelm Von Habsburg wore the uniform of the 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 mothWilhelm Von Habsburg wore the uniform of the 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 In this exhilarating narrative history, prize winning historian Timothy D 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 Coming of age during the First World War, Wilhelm repudiated his family to fight alongside Ukrainian peasants in hopes that he would become their king When this dream collapsed he became, by turns, an ally of German imperialists, a notorious French lover, an angry Austrian monarchist, a calm opponent of Hitler, and a British spy against Stalin Played out in Europe s glittering capitals and bloody battlefields, in extravagant ski resorts and dank prison cells, The Red Prince captures an extraordinary moment in the history of Europe, in which the old order of the past was giving way to an undefined future and in which everything, including identity itself, seemed up for grabs.

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    1. Timothy Snyder

      Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar He has held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard His most recent book is Black Earth The Holocaust as History and Warning, published in September 2015 by Crown Books He is author also of Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin 2010 , a history of Nazi and Soviet mass killing on the lands between Berlin and Moscow A New York Times bestseller and a book of the year according to The Atlantic, The Independent, The Financial Times, the Telegraph, and the New Statesman, it has won twelve awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought.His other award winning publications include Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles Krauz 1998 The Reconstruction of Nations Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569 1999 2003 Sketches from a Secret War A Polish Artist s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine 2005 The Red Prince The Secret Lives of A Habsburg Archduke 2008 , and Bloodlands Europe Between Hitler and Stalin 2010 Snyder helped Tony Judt to compose a thematic history of political ideas and intellectuals in politics, Thinking the Twentieth Century 2012 He is also the co editor of Stalin and Europe Terror, War, Domination and Wall Around the West State Power and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America 2001 Snyder was the recipient of an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015 He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory council of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research Research.He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern East European political history.

    710 thoughts on “The Red Prince”

    1. ”When Wilhelm was arrested in August 1947, his Soviet guards removed an Omega watch from his wrist. This was the brand later worn by James Bond on the silver screen. The fictional Bond family even took a Habsburg motto for its own: ‘The World is Not Enough.’ By the time this was revealed by Bond’s creator Ian Fleming in 1963, only a very few Europeans would have remembered its Habsburg origins. By the time James Bond wore an Omega Seamaster watch in Goldeneye in 1995, it is fair to guess [...]

    2. Цікава, але двозначна праця Тімоті Снайдера. Перша, яку переклали українською мовою, та найбільш українська зі всіх, які я читав. По-перше, в ній автор найбільш прихильно ставиться до українців (в Перетворення націй: Польща, Україна, Литва, Білорусь 1569-1999 та Криваві землі: Євр [...]

    3. The Red Prince has taken me longer than I anticipated, not because I haven’t enjoyed it, quite the reverse, but because I’ve been busy with the final stages and launch of my new novel, City of Dreams (on a Giveaway until 30th May if anyone is interested in entering).Going back to The Red Prince, however, it’s an excellent book that tells the story of Wilhelm von Habsburg who was born in 1895 at a time when the power of the Habsburg dynasty was showing signs of strain. Like many of his Hap [...]

    4. A fascinating life of a paradoxical and almost-pivotal figure told with a historian's eye for the bigger pictureMy gripes with this book come with its penultimate chapter and they don't detract from Snyder's masterful telling. (view spoiler)[Snyder titles each chapter through a thematic colour, which he ties, usually successfully, to the story of Wilhelm's life. It's the last coloured chapter, the posthumous 'Orange' where things come a little unstuck. Taking us forward to the present day, Snyde [...]

    5. In 1580, the House of Habsburg reigned in a good third of Europe: Spain, Portugal, the Low Countries, the southern half of Italy, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and smaller principalities; the Habsburgs were also emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. By 1914, their realm had shrunk in some places and expanded in others, comprising a huge country in Central and Eastern Europe, consisting of many peoples and tongues, as reflected in the almost-fractal complexity of its coat of arms. Josef Haydn's [...]

    6. This biography of a minor Habsburg makes the political machinations in "Game of Thrones" look more like "Game of Candyland." I picked this book up for 2 reasons:1) I wanted to learn more about the Hapsburgs2) This particular Hapsburg struggled his whole adult life to create a free Ukraine in order to be its king.Wilhelm von Habsburg, a relative of the famous Archduke Ferdinand, was born at the height of his family's imperial power, which gradually disintegrated during the rise of national sovere [...]

    7. Archduke Wilhem of Austria, son of Karl Stephan and Maria Theresia of Tuscany, came of age just before WWI, when his father was scheming to embrace a Polish identity and have his branch of the family become pre-eminent, if not independent as rulers of Poland, going so far as to marry his daughters to Lithuanian-Polish nobles. Independent, democratic Poland absolutely refused to consider this project after 1920, and Wilhelm personally switched his interest to the Ukraine, where he had served in t [...]

    8. “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 [...]

    9. Hut ab vor Timothy Snyder für dieses Werk. Hier wird Geschichte spannend und lebendig wie in einem James Bond Film. Fein granuliert breitet der Autor das Leben des Erzherzog Wilhelm aus. Es ist faszinierend was sich z.B. alleine im Sommer 1918 alles zugetragen, wer wen alles getroffen hat und wie die Mitteleuropäische Geschichte andere Bahnen hätte nehmen können.Vergleicht man wie unsere Postmoderne Gesellschaft in ihrer grauen Angestelltensicherheit (bzw. -unsicherheit) vor sich hin lebt mi [...]

    10. Un retrato fascinante de un personaje olvidado por la historia y de una época en la que el mundo vivió un sinfín de cambios tanto políticos como sociales y en los que el protagonista se fue deslizando y adaptando poco a poco para sobrevivir en una desgarrada Europa cada vez mas violenta.Guillermo de Habsburgo ayudó a crear la identidad nacional ucraniana en una época en que Ucrania no existía como país sino que estaba repartida entre varios imperios, sus habitantes no tenía siquiera una [...]

    11. This is an excellent overview of the fading of the Hapsburg Monarchy and 20th Century history of the Ukraine and Poland. For all I have read on causes and consequences of WWI and II, this short book, covering one small corner of history helped me frame not so much what happened, but how it happened.Through the lives of this minor branch of the Hapsburg family we learn how the Ukraine developed its national identity and, despite the dedication of Wilhelm Hapsburg (aka Vasyl Vyshyvanyi) and other [...]

    12. If, like me, you never really "got" what the first world war was about, and felt fuzzy about the whole Holy Roman Empire thing, and that bit about Poland disappearing for a few years sounds somewhat familiar, then this book is an interesting way to clear some of that up. It's a biography of one of the last archdukes of the Hapsburg dynasty, a guy who spoke several languages but had no nationality, who rebelled against his father by trying to become king of the Ukraine (he almost did it), and who [...]

    13. This is one of the finest books I've read. Although it is nearly perfectly written, with an historian's skill channeling the fluxes of time into a sense of their proportion and unexpected continuity, frequent readers of biography might say that Wilhelm von Habsburg never takes his proper place at the center of this story, as, indeed, he never did in the story he fashioned for himself. But this points at one of the accomplishments of this book: to show how enmeshed its subject is in his time, how [...]

    14. Timothy Snyder wrote a fascinating and briljant book on European history. Using the archduke Wilhelm von Habsburg Snyder writes something like an archeology of the present. Snyder sketches a vivid sympathetic picture of the choices which the Habsburgs as leading political elite had to make in the making of modern Europe as a Europe of nations, dismantling the Europe of empire. In the end it puts Ukraine at the center of the European stage, and makes fhe point of the Euroepean Union as the succes [...]

    15. The Red Prince is a book I read a blurb about somewhere and thought it sounded interesting and educational so I put it in my library queue. The book jacket also mentions that Archduke Wilhelm occasionally liked to wear dresses which piqued my interest even more. Wilhelm was a nephew of Emperor Franz Joseph, cousin of Franz Ferdinand (the man, not the band) and he himself set forth from an early age with a plan to become ruler of a Ukrainian state.See the full review here: mrssmithreads.tumblr/po [...]

    16. Really interesting approach to the history of Central Europe in the 20th century in that it's told not as a "people's history" (the author is no stranger to that format, however) but through the lives the last relevant leg of a monarchist dynasty that was tossed about through changing popular ideology. Snyder's writing is good as always, but I kind of hate the way he gets coy when talking about sex. Anyway, if you want to know some interesting stuff about Austro-Hungarian nobility, the history o [...]

    17. I think most of us know the name of Archduke Ferdinand in conjunction with his assassination, but this book goes more in depth regarding the entire family in this period of European history and how their once glorious empire crumbled. The only thing I did not care for especially was the writing style. The author seems to go on and on about a single point for pages when one paragraph would suffice. (IMHO)

    18. One of the lesser-known facets of the Massive World War (my term for the period between 1914 and 1948), this compact biography of one of the last archdukes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire illuminates the muddy history of the eastern European transition from 19th Century to modern states-hood. One among many dreams that never came to fruition as expected by people who thought they had the momentum of history on their side.

    19. This is the second book I've read by Snyder and I've become a fan. He does a very nice job of weaving detail and analysis into an entertaining and informative read. His sheer delight in Wilhelm's character was contagious. My question: did Gary Trudeau (also an Eli) read this and did it inspire his Red Rascal character in Doonesbury?

    20. This is the story of the creation of the modern day Ukraine. The author has used the biography of a Habsburg archduke to tell the tale, much in the manner that Neil Sheehan used the life of John Paul Vann in A Bright Shining Lie to tell the story of America's involvement in Viet Nam. As late as 1918, it turns out, "Ukraine" was little more than a Russian backwater, though a highly productive one agriculturally. The Russian revolution was the direct result of German foreign policy. In the spring [...]

    21. Concerning the antics of Wilhelm von Habsburg who decided to become Ukrainian, mainly to irritate his father (I grew my hair long, seemed to work), who had himself previously become Polish (anything but Austrian it seems). Wilhelm was so fond of being Ukrainian that he decided that he wanted to be their king. Bad timing as this was at a time when people were deciding that they might like a say in things like that. The suggestion is that having minor Habsburgs as the titular heads (all very const [...]

    22. Читати Снайдера завжди суцільне задоволення, а в поєднанні з дуже неординарною історією безпосереднього зв'язку Габсбургів з Україною в бурхливі часи першої половини 20 століття, і яка мабуть абсолютна невідома для більшості, (як і мені до читання цієї книги) - роблять цю кн [...]

    23. Helder verhaal over een nogal gecompliceerd stukje geschiedenis. Wat mij op den duur wel wat tegen begon te staan was de schrijfstijl. Veel "wat als" en alles constant naar het grotere geheel vertalen. Maar misschien maakt dit het wel beter te begrijpen.

    24. This is a remarkable history that reads like a page-turning historical novel. Snyder tracks the amazing life the life of the relatively unknown Archduke Wilhelm von Habsburg, youngest son of Archduke Stefan and great-great-grandson of Emperor Leopold II. And although he never achieved his dynastic ambitions of giving a new lease on life to the ancien regime, he spent most of his adult life working to arouse nationalism and create a unified and independent Ukraine.

    25. I never want to see the insides of this book again, it was such a pain to get through. So much unnecessary information, such dry story-telling. The summary at the back of the book made this book sound exciting, colourful and everything it was not. It's a really pretty hardcover with a nice name though, so I'll keep it in my shelf.

    26. As a child if the allies it is inviting to learn the historical references of 20th Century Europe from those who struggled from within the Axis. Monarchy is a foreign concept that is interesting to learn.

    27. Timothy Snyder is a noted historian of Eastern Europe, as well as a commentator of the current situation here (especially on what is going on in Ukraine). He has written a couple of groundbreaking books, of which Bloodlands is very popular (deservedly so, even if Reconstruction of Nations is probably more important and certainly more innovative). These are the reasons why The Red Prince is such a disappointment. It tells the story of Wilhelm von Habsburg, a prince from the ancient house, who dec [...]

    28. I read this book for a class, so naturally I wasn't as invested in it as I usually am in books. Still, it wasn't as terrible as I feared it would be. Basically, it's the story of Wilhelm Habsburg, the air to a throne that no longer existed by the time he was in his twenties, and what he decided to do with the remainder of his life afterward. While there were times when the writing got a bit dull for me, mostly when the author was going into great political analysis or the like, there were also a [...]

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