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Ukraine and the problem of “futurelessness”

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Historian Timothy Snyder on the war in Ukraine and the future of democracy.

What does it mean to live in history?

In a very obvious sense, we’re always living in history. But there are those moments that feel different, where you can sense that the stakes are massive and that the shape of the future depends on how it all turns out.

The war in Ukraine is very much one of these events and, however it turns out, it will send ripple effects across the globe. In Europe, it has already precipitated a major shift in how nations like Germany and France and Finland and Sweden imagine their own defense.

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