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Timothy Snyder

Yale University Levin Professor of History

 

THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM

RUSSIA, EUROPE, AMERICA

Democracy in Danger

28 February 2019

Große Aula at Ludwig Maximilian University

When the Cold War ended, Americans and Europeans were lulled into a false sense of security. 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 fascist ideas were used to justify rule by the wealthy. It has spread from east to west, aided by Russian warfare in Ukraine and cyberwar in Europe and in the United States.

 

In his new book The Road to Unfreedom, which has been published in German by C.H. Beck Verlag and is the basis of his talk, Timothy Snyder, Richard Levin Professor of History at Yale and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, shows how anti-democratic forces have become a threat to democracy. And he also shows us the way out. 

Partners for the event were The Yale Club of Germany e.V., The Alumni Club of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Munich Chapter, Amerikahaus/Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, Amerika Institut, LMU and C.H. Beck Verlag