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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; New edition (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156701537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156701532
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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“I’m more convinced than ever that this book, conclusively developed out of your clarity of vision, represents a major breakthrough for our political world, the first of its kind amid all the current talk of totalitarianism. Every politician ought to read it and understand it. If another author should follow you and put what you have grasped into a logical structure that is simple and easy to teach, one will still always have to go back to the source to participate in that power that enables others to see.”
—Karl Jaspers, in a letter to Hannah Arendt (1955) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) taught political science and philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York and the University of Chicago. Widely acclaimed as a brilliant and original thinker, her works include Eichmann in Jerusalem and The Human Condition.


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Hannah Arendt's _The Origins of Totalitarianism_ is a book that takes a hard look at two rival totalitarian movements in the twentieth century, Soviet Communism and Nazism, and traces their historical roots. The book is divided into three volumes focusing on Antisemitism, Imperialism, and Totalitarianism. The first of these volumes is concerned with the historical origins of Antisemitism. Arendt examines some of the ways historians have dealt with the historical roots of Antisemitism. For example, some historians have argued based on a "scapegoat theory" that the Jews were used as an innocent scapegoat for the world's ills. Arendt concludes that such approaches are flawed because they fail to take into account the full historical situation of the Jews. Arendt explores the rise of Antisemitism in the birth of the nation-state, the emancipation of the Jews, the rise of the Jewish financiers, the roles of Jews within society, and the infamous Dreyfus affair. Of particular interest here is the role of conpiracy theories concerning such individuals as Benjamin Disraeli or the infamous forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The idea that the Jews constitute a race or are members of secret societies or clubs played an important role in the historical development of Antisemitism. The second of the volumes in this book is concerned with the rise of Imperialism. Here, a discussion of racism and racial thinking is examined involving such racial theorists as Count Arthur de Gobineau and various forms of Social Darwinism. The role of the Boers in South Africa is looked at and a thorough examination of the lives of such individuals as Cecil Rhodes, who called for the creation of a secret society of aristocratic Nordic elite, is made.Read more ›
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If you have a couple of months to spare and an interest not only in the Totalitarian regimes in the former Soviet Union and Germany, but also a desire to learn about antisemitism and imperialism then this is the book for you. If you just want to know about Totalitarianism, get the volume only containing that portion. This is an incredibly dense and comprehensive history that takes both patience and time to wade through. The journey is well worth it, though, as Hannah Arendt shows the incredibly destructive nature of all that makes one human under a totalitarian rule. It isn't a fun read, but definitely a rewarding one.
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Well. Im a fan of Hannah Arendt. Even if Im less than sure that Eichmann was just banal and ordinary...or whether all of those who sat on judenrats during the holocaust era were less than worthwhile. Which of course simplifies Hannah Arendt too much. I do enjoy reading her stuff....and all about her...though...well...like all german intellectuals...i should say all intellectuals...it takes me a bit of reading and re-reading. Also would highly recommend the Margarethe Von Trotta feature film Hannah Arendt...which won its lead..Barbara Sukowa..the European film award as best actress...and a fabulous performance by Janet McTeer as Mary McCarthy.

The book arrived before i expected it to arrive...and the quality was better than expected.And the price was very reasonable. Good for Amazon to have linked up with both new and used booksellers.
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By A Customer on May 10 1998
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Hannah Arendt's work is one in a million. No one was ever better able to understand the roots of the nazism movement and especially to try and explain why so many "normal" people could act like murderes if not by action, certainly by total omission.
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By Vera on Sept. 18 2014
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This version does not include the chapter fourteen, Arendt's Epilogue, Reflections on the Hungarian Revolution !!!
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