- Eye Opening
From On Tyranny to Black Earth and Bloodlands, Yale historian Timothy Snyder has made a specialty of meticulously researched analyses of tyranny’s causes and consequences. In his latest book, Snyder turns to Vladimir Putin and his war on democracy – sometimes conducted on the ground, but just as often on social media, in the code controlling power grids and voting machines, and within the human mind. Snyder’s premise is simple: If truth is, in fact, what sets us free, untruth must lead to tyranny. It is that exact consequence which has occurred in Russia under President Vladimir Putin, Snyder argues.
Snyder chronicles the resurgence of totalitarian thought in early 21st-century Russia, and examines how these views have shaped Russian domestic and foreign policy as Putin has grown increasingly dictatorial. Indeed, in the hands of Putin and his “political technologists,” antifactuality has become a mode of warfare against European and American democracy. As eloquent as it is distressing, Snyder’s book offers a compelling analysis of recent political events, and an urgent call to develop a politics of responsibility which reaffirms democratic virtues and values.
About the Author
Timothy Snyder is Levin Professor of History at Yale University. He has received the literature award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought and the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding.