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On tyranny : twenty lessons from the twentieth century

Author: Timothy Snyder
Publisher: London : The Bodley Head, 2017 ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History does not repeat, but it does instruct. In the twentieth 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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Snyder
ISBN: 9781847924889 1847924883
OCLC Number: 994775073
Description: 126 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Do not obey in advance --
Defend institutions --
Beware the one-party state --
Take responsibility for the face of the world --
Remember professional ethics --
Be wary of paramilitaries --
Be reflective if you must be armed --
Stand out --
Be kind to our language --
Believe in truth --
Investigate --
Make eye contact and small talk --
Practice corporeal politics --
Establish a private life --
Contribute to good causes --
Learn from peers in other countries --
Listen for dangerous words --
Be calm when the unthinkable arrives --
Be a patriot --
Be as courageous as you can.
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A slim volume more like a guide than a tome of historical scholarship, though Snyder drew on 25 years of research and writing -- Stav Ziv * Newsweek Europe * On Tyranny is [a] response to the rise of Read more...

 
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