Review: Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny

Timothy Snyder is an internationally-recognised expert on tyranny. His previous books have included studies of both right-wing and left-wing tyrannical regimes, focussing on Stalinism and Nazism. So when he writes a book that is, at…


Operation Basalt 75 years later

This is the text of a speech I gave at Stocks Hotel, Sark, 3 October 2017, the 75th anniversary of the British commando raid on the island. It has been three quarters of a century…


Remembering the first Georgian republic

This is the talk I gave on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at Prospero’s Bookshop in Tbilisi. I want to start by thanking Peter Nasmyth and Prospero’s Books for hosting us this evening. I also want…