The Origins of Totalitarianism


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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' Washington Post Hannah Arendt's chilling analysis of the conditions that led to the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes is a warning from history about the fragility of freedom, exploring how propaganda, scapegoats, terror and political isolation all aided the slide towards total domination. 'A non-fiction bookend to Nineteen Eighty-Four' The New York Times 'The political theorist who wrote about the ...

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Ruth C

Jun 28, 2012


This class needs no recommendation: it is essential reading for all who care about the future of democracy.


Oct 30, 2009

highly recommended

I would recommend this in particular because of the connection it draws between the violence of the Hitler and Stalin eras to the violence of the imperial and colonial eras that came earlier. A book on the same topic I would also recommend is Discourse of Colonialism by Aime Cesaire. Arendt also has an interesting reading of Proust that made me look at his work in a different light.


Jul 6, 2007

very appropiate

it explains exactly what the headline promises. I couldn't lay the book aside until the last chapter. I found it so interesting. I am 80 years old and lived most part of the 20th century, but young people should read it, to understand what happened then in Europe and what is happining now on other continents as well.

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