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The Origins Of Totalitarianism

The Origins Of Totalitarianism

The Origins Of Totalitarianism

The Origins Of Totalitarianism

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Hannah Arendt's definitive work on totalitarianism—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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ISBN-13: 9780156701532
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/1973
Series: Harvest Book Series , #244
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 26,989
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.42(d)

About the Author

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) is considered one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Origins of Totalitarianism and the essay collection Men in Dark Times.

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