The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism Author Hannah Arendt
ISBN-10 0156701537
ISBN-13 9780156701532
Year 1973-03-21
Pages 576
Language English
Publisher Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
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How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment The short answer is that we too live in dark times even if they are different and perhaps less dark and Origins raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of inhumanity to which it can lead Jeffrey C Isaac The Washington PostHannah Arendt s definitive work on totalitarianism and an essential component of any study of twentieth century political historyThe Origins of Totalitarianism begins with the rise of anti Semitism in central and western Europe in the 1800s and continues with an examination of European colonial imperialism from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I Arendt explores the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in our timeNazi Germany and Stalinist Russiawhich she adroitly recognizes were two sides of the same coin rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left From this vantage point she discusses the evolution of classes into masses the role of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world the use of terror and the nature of isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination

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