History does not repeat, but it does instruct.
In the 20th century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism. These were movements in which a leader or a party claimed to give voice to the people, promised to protect them from global existential threats, and rejected reason in favour of myth. European history shows us that societies can break, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. History can familiarise, and it can warn. Today we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism in the 20th century. But when the political order seems imperilled, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny. Now is a good time to do so.
©2017 Timothy Snyder (P)2017 Random House
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"Essential reading for our current age"
An excellent, compact analysis of the lurch towards fascism in the West and what ordinary people should be doing to resist this tide. The lessons are familiar to anyone who has read any of the classic works on totalitarianism but Snyder introduces modern examples such as the Russian war against Ukraine and its attempts to destabilise Western Europe through disinformation and promoting right wing Islamophobes. Best lesson? Get off the Internet! Read a book and actually spend time talking to people outside of your bubble.
"Great and currently important"
Loved it enough that I listened through twice in a few days! I'm English and feel quite strongly that young people in Europe and America need to know more history to enable us to maintain our progressive cultures, otherwise dictators may usurp power in a way we currently feel impossible having mentally consigned fascism to the past.
Well worth a listen, and has a recommended reading list in one chapter, so might be worth doing further research.
Well delivered by the author with no production errors!
"Lessons from history"
Some very good pointers, however loose. The election of Trump, Brexit , the rise of the far right in France should raise alarm bells. America is a lost cause, the British should no better, the French ?..
"Sound historical reflection of the present moment"
The compelling and truthful relationship between what was what is and how we all (individually and collectively) add to the next!
"A must read for the new path of modern politics"
A very nice quick and and easy read, the book sets out some key warnings from history, and describes such concepts as "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance".
A must read for people trying to make sense of the Brexit/Trump era.
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