The Origins of Totalitarianism

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Part I of The Origins of Totalitarianism. With a new Preface by the author.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156701532
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1973
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 182,901
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 8.09 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface to the first edition
I Antisemitism
Preface 3
1 Antisemitism as an outrage to common sense 11
2 The Jews, the nation-state, and the birth of antisemitism 21
3 The Jews and society 74
4 The dreyfus affair 117
II Imperialism
Preface 159
1 The political emancipation of the bourgeoisie 167
2 Race-thinking before racism 210
3 Race and bureaucracy 242
4 Continental imperialism : the pan-movements 287
5 The decline of the nation-state and the end of the rights of man 341
III Totalitarianism
Preface 387
1 A classless society 407
2 The totalitarian movement 450
3 Totalitarianism in power 507
4 Ideology and terror : a novel form of government 593
App "Totalitarianism" 617
App "Concluding remarks" 618
Bibliography 633
Index 657
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Should be required reading for everyone

    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.

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

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    it's a classic

    The author analyzes the totalitarian movements and governments, the role of terror, propaganda and individual isolation.

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