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The Origins of Totalitarianism
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date March 1, 1973
Pages 527
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780156701532
ISBN-10 0156701537
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $19.00
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Explores the roots of totalitarianism and its culmination in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia
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“How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times, even if they are different and perhaps less dark, and “Origins” raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of inhumanity to which it can lead.”   Jeffrey C. Isaac, The Washington Post

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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780805242256
 
With Samantha Power (other contributor) | from Schocken Books (April 1, 2004); titled "The Origins of Totalitarianism"
9780805242256 | details & prices | 674 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 2.25 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A political analysis of totalitarian societies, originally published in 1951, traces the nineteenth-century rise of anti-Semitism in central and western Europe and considers the institutions and operations of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, examining such phenomena as the transformation of classes into masses, the applications of propaganda, and the use of terror.
from Peter Smith Pub Inc (June 1, 1983)
9780844659947 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $24.05
About: “How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment?
Paperback
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New edition from Mariner Books (March 1, 1973); titled "The Origins of Totalitarianism"
9780156701532 | details & prices | 527 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $19.00
About: Explores the roots of totalitarianism and its culmination in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia

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