TIME: 13:00 – 14:00 19th October 2017
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Professor Timothy Snyder
Author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Housum Professor of History at Yale University
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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, and ordinary people can find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. History can familiarise, and it can warn. Today, we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism in the twentieth century. But when the political order seems imperilled, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Professor Timothy Snyder author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Professor Snyder will explore the darkest hours of the twentieth century and discuss how we can learn from past experiences in order to provide hope for the future.
*N.B. copies of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century will be available to purchase on the day CASH ONLY*
Professor Timothy Snyder is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. Snyder speaks five and reads ten European languages and among his publications are six single-authored award-winning books. He has received state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.