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The Origins Of Totalitarianism

By Hannah Arendt
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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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“If I could give Hannah Arendt's Magnum Opus ten stars I would. As much of a neophyte as I am to the terms and happenings surrounding Dr. Arendt's body of work, particularly her area of expertise, namely, political theory, I have come to love and show a greater appreciation for forms of governments, the people who led them, the social movements that influenced them, and their catastrophic demise. From antisemitism to colonialism, racism, nationalism, irredentism, revanchism, imperialism, and lastly, totalitarianism, Hannah has shattered my ignorance on these issues, topics, social and political movements to the extent in which I can see, albeit through fogged lenses and senses, how influential her work has been on modern minds and just how susceptible our society is to the regeneration of totalitarian rule. I wish I could leave behind every single quote I loved from this expansive and extensive body of work but if I did I would leave behind an entire book length comment and that would be unwise and unkind of me. If you have an interest in how antisemitism played and still plays a great deal of influence in world politics and social ideas, consider anything Hannah has written about the topic. Antisemitism, like racism, and humanity's capacity for evil, just don't go away. They always resurface under a different name, in a different name, behind a new movement, or perhaps the regurgitation of an old and more overt one. The Origins of Totalitarianism is and should be a life long book. One worthy of thoughtful revisits that are more prophetic than historic. 10/10.”

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