Z Generation: Into the Heart of Russia’s Fascist Youth w/ Ian Garner

19 May 2023 – 19:00 BST
Waterstones, Bristol - Galleries
11A Union Galleries

Join Ian Garner for the Bristol launch of his book Z Generation: Into the Heart of Russia’s Fascist Youth, a chilling portrait of the fascist youth movements warping Russian society and politics. Ian will be in conversation with Dr Allyson Edwards, lecturer in Global Histories at Bath Spa University.

How did Vladimir Putin win Russians’ support for his genocidal war in Ukraine and why are so many of them willing to embrace fascism? This vivid, bottom-up narrative reveals the dark realities of youth fascism in Russia—and the darker future awaiting the country if that hold cannot be broken.

Wartime Russia is drowning in fascist symbols. Zealous patriots attack journalists, opposition activists, and anyone suspected of betraying the motherland. Hordes of online trolls and sleek videos of angry young men urge citizens to join the cause. State television terrifies viewers with false tales of anti-Russian conspiracies and genocidal yearnings. Child soldiers proudly parade across Red Square. This is Russia in the 2020s: a land of performative rage and nationalist untruth, where pretence and broken promises are a way of life, and an apocalyptic mindset is seizing tomorrow’s Russians.

As compelling as it is chilling, Z Generation shows how Russia has ended up here, and where its young people may be headed: a fascist generation more violent and ideological than anything the country has seen before.

About the author

Ian Garner’s research focuses on Soviet and Russian culture and war propaganda. He has written/been interviewed for the Washington Post, New York Times, Guardian, BBC, CBC, ABC, Times Radio, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Ontario.

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