who's the most interesting historian right now in english-written space? Timothy Snyder? Give me some leads, please?
- ammianusLv 75 years agoFavorite Answer
Bit of a lightweight,really.
"Bloodlands" is all smoke and mirrors - impressive looking bibliography,but mostly secondary sources and many of them written in ex Soviet satellite states during the Communist era by authors who had to tow an officially approved state line,so of dubious value to the objective historian (particularly where Snyder uses them to back up his own rather quaint theories).
I find Richard Miles far more interesting - his research is done almost entirely in primary sources,and although he has some radical ideas,he's using these primary sources to back them up.
Snyder relies too much on secondary sources,some of them suspect,and is something of a fly by night - willing to publish in almost any kind of publication (and thus to pander to their specific readerships) just to build up his publishing profile.Very common in academia today,particularly in history.
- 5 years ago
William H McNeill