The Road to Unfreedom:
Russia, Europe, America
This event includes a book signing
This event will now take place at Cambridge Public Library and will not require tickets.
April 17, 2018
(Doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Please note the updated venue for this event. This event will now take place at the Cambridge Public Library and will not require tickets.
Harvard Book Store welcomes TIMOTHY SNYDER, the award-winning author of On Tyranny and Bloodlands, for a discussion of his latest book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.
About The Road to Unfreedom
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be final. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. This faith was misplaced. Authoritarianism returned to Russia, as Putin found fascist ideas that could be used to justify rule by the wealthy. In the 2010s, it has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar and information war in Europe and the United States.
Russia found allies among nationalists, oligarchs, and radicals everywhere, and its drive to dissolve Western institutions, states, and values found resonance within the West itself. The rise of populism, the British vote against the EU, and the election of Donald Trump were all Russian goals, but their achievement reveals the vulnerability of Western societies and the uncertain character of Western political order.
This fundamental challenge to democracy presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, based on vast research as well as personal reporting, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy and law. By revealing the stark choices before us--between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood--Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.
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