On Tyranny : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ” these 128 pages are a brief beginning in every important thing we could have learned from the history of the last century and everything that seems to us to have forgotten” observer history does not repeat itself, but it must be educated.In the twentieth century, European democracies collapsed into fascism, Nazism and communism.These were movements in which a leader or party that was supposed to give the people a voice, promised to protect them from global existential threats and rejected the reasons in favour of the myth.Europe’s history shows us that societies can break down, democracies can fall, ethics can collapse and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances.History can familiarize itself, and it can warnToday, we are no wiser than the Europeans who have seen democracy give totalitarianism in the twentieth century.But when the political order seems “at risk”, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny.Now is a good time to do it.
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