The Origins of Totalitarianism

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In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt sought to provide a historical account of the forces that crystallized into totalitarianism: The ebb and flow of nineteenth-century anti-Semitism (she deemed the Dreyfus Affair a dress rehearsal for the Final Solution) and the rise of European imperialism, accompanied by the invention of racism as the only possible rationalization for it. For Arendt, totalitarianism was a form of governance that eliminated the very possibility of political action. Totalitarian ...
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In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt sought to provide a historical account of the forces that crystallized into totalitarianism: The ebb and flow of nineteenth-century anti-Semitism (she deemed the Dreyfus Affair a dress rehearsal for the Final Solution) and the rise of European imperialism, accompanied by the invention of racism as the only possible rationalization for it. For Arendt, totalitarianism was a form of governance that eliminated the very possibility of political action. Totalitarian leaders attract both mobs and elites, take advantage of the unthinkability of their atrocities, target "objective enemies" (classes of people who are liquidated simply because of their group membership), use terror to create total loyalty, rely on concentration camps, and are obsessive in their pursuit of global primacy. But even more presciently, Arendt understood that totalitarian solutions could well survive the demise of totalitarian regimes.

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: 9781433206665
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 MP3, 19 hours
  • Pages: 2
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was born in Hanover, Germany, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The New School for Social Research.

NADIA MAY is one of the pioneers of audiobook narration, with twenty-five years of recording and over 600 titles to her credit. Named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, she has won fourteen Earphones Awards. She is also a well-known stage actor in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two badly behaved dogs.

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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 February 3, 2013

    Tour de force

    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.

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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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