The Origins of Totalitarianism


Author: Hannah Arendt

9780241316757 | PB | pp. 752 | 2017 | Penguin Books

This book analyses the conditions that led to the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian regimes .I provides chilling lessons about the threat of totalitarianism that we ignore at our peril.

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Hannah Arendt’s classic work explores totalitarianism through an extended analysis of the Nazi and Soviet regimes. In a series of dazzling insights, she explores the role of propaganda, the use of terror and the nature of isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.

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About the Author

The author was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1906, and received her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. In 1933, she was briefly imprisoned by the Gestapo, after which she fled Germany for Paris, where she worked on behalf of Jewish refugee children. In 1937, she was stripped of her German citizenship, and in 1941 she left France for the United States. Her many books include the Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), the Human Condition (1958) and Eichmann in Jerusalem (1963), in which she coined the famous phrase ‘the banality of evil’. She died in 1975.


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