In the lecture What can European history teach us about Trump’s America Snyder explains his vision on time and understanding history, but points at certain developments in present day society that should make us aware of possible changes, which might lead to authoritarian regimes replacing the parliamentary democracy. A detailed report from the lecture can be read here.
The lecture can also be understood on another level. Timothy Snyder appears very well humoured, makes little jokes and some teasing remarks. You can hear the students laugh more than once. But you can also sense how good it feels to have this knowledge, to be able to spread it, to stimulate people to think and reflect. His erudition is a legacy of our civilisation; it is more than an intelectual space, it defines a cultural space, a way of behaving and a way of how we talk to and with eachother, and thus treat each other.
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