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The Road to Unfreedom

Russia, Europe, America
Sprecher: Timothy Snyder
Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 10 Min.
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With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns toward authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries' longstanding policies and values.

But this threat to the West also presents the opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing 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.

©2018 Timothy Snyder (P)2018 Random House Audio

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"Combining topical reporting with delvings into the history of ideas and some political-philosophical musing in the author’s own voice, this relatively short book covers a vast canvas.... A roller-coaster world calls for a news editor's skill in processing facts and a philosopher's ability to dissect ideologies. Snyder has both." (The Economist)  

"The Road to Unfreedom offers a brief, potent and carefully documented history of Vladimir Putin's consolidation of power in Russia, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election." (Chicago Tribune

“We are living in dangerous times, Timothy Snyder argues forcefully and eloquently in his new book.... To understand Putin, Snyder argues persuasively, you must understand his ideas.... The Road to Unfreedom is a good wake-up call.” (Margaret MacMillan, The New York Times Book Review)

  • A New York Times Editors' Choice
  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize

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Great book, sometimes a bit far fetched

Detailed and thorough, thou sometimes a bit far fetched in conclusions. Still a must read

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One of the very important books of our days

Timothy Snyder tells in a breathless summary all the incredible events directed from Russian leaders, Putin’s (cyber- and real) warriors how our civilized democratic world is under attack since more than a decade, and we even don’t notice it. And he puts our time into a context of long time ago history, as well as the younger history of the 1930s/1940s in Europe and Russia. He introduces his very interesting approaches of “politics of inevitability” (Europe of today) coming before “politics of eternity” (Russian dictatorships of the 1920s,until Today...)