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The Origins of Totalitarianism - Hannah Arendt
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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780156701532 (0156701537)
ASIN: 156701537
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 527
Edition language: English
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3.0 Origins of Totalitarianism
This wasn't what I'd hoped it would be, but I think the fault was probably my expectations rather than the book itself. I'm not much for philosophy; I much prefer history. I was hoping for a thorough, fact-driven analysis of the various totalitarian regimes throughout history, determining key charac...
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4.5 First book of 2017: A Doozy.
This book should be required reading for any citizen of the United States in 2017. Unless you're used to plowing through college-level texts at high speed, it could prove a bit challenging, but even if you only understand about 25% of what you're reading, that will still put you well ahead of th...
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3.0 The Origins of Totalitarianism (HBK)
sometimes i just don't know about you ms. arendt.
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