The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism

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by Hannah Arendt
     
 

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Hannah Arendt's definitive work on totalitarianism and an essential component of any study of twentieth-century political history

The 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

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Hannah Arendt's definitive work on totalitarianism and an essential component of any study of twentieth-century political history

The 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 time—Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia—which 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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Schocken's is the first hardcover edition of Arendt's 1951 volume to be available in decades. The book begins its study with European anti-Semitism in the 1800s and moves up to Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany, which the author fled in the 1930s. This edition sports a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Powers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780156701532
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1973
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
129,080
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.44(d)

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The Origins of Totalitarianism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly incredible piece of writing. The rigor of Arendt's intellectual quest should not be called admirable; it is an achievement. If only works like this could be had more often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I once tried purchasing this book on CD but the media was corrupted. So it was a great surprise to see this in ebook format so I took the plunge and made the purchase. This book should be required reading for anyone concerned about how dictatorships arise. It's as timely today as it was when it was first written.
phi_6180339887 More than 1 year ago
The author analyzes the totalitarian movements and governments, the role of terror, propaganda and individual isolation.
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