The Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends

Mon 21 Sep

Monday, 21 September 2020

7.00pm - 8.00pm

In Conversation | Online Only

The Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends

Why did everyone get so angry? Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum discusses why the wave of enthusiasm for liberal democracy in the 1980s and ‘90s has come to an end.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Twilight of Democracy


Acclaimed historian of contemporary politics Anne Applebaum offers an original interpretation of democratic decline. She discusses the rise of autocratic and paranoid governments in Poland and Hungary, the cultural despair that fuelled Brexit, and the apocalyptic pessimism that led many to support the election of Trump.

Hear Anne Applebaum’s thoughts on how dissatisfied intellectuals, philosophers, spin doctors and journalists have deliberately sought to create new definitions of ‘the nation’, new political realities, and new divisions.

Anne Applebaum is the author of Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, which won the Cundill Prize and Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, which won the Lionel Gelber and Duff Cooper prizes. She is a columnist for The Atlantic and a senior fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

A copy of Anne Applebaum's book Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase via a link on the virtual event page on the day of the event.

Date & time

Monday, 21 September 2020
7.00pm - 8.00pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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