The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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The book begins with the rise of Anti-Semitism in Central and Western Europe in the early and mid 19th century and continues with an examination of the New Imperialism period from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781982430047
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (23hr., 24 min.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: May, Nadia
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Sep 08, 2018

People upset by Arendt's Eichmann In Jerusalem will get a heart attack from Origins of Totalitarianism; or they would, if they read it cover to cover -- it seems few people have. Origins is not a history book, but an analysis of history and totalitarian governments by a philosopher. Many chapters, like the one about Marcel Proust and the elite Jews of France, are stand-alone essays, with only a tangential relation to the theme of totalitarianism. It is wordy and meandering, and has no "story" to carry the reader through, as was the case with Eichmann and his trial. And English is not Hannah Arendt's first, or second language; that doesn't help either. But Origins a cornucopia of ideas. Choose a passage, any passage, and there is enough thought packed into it for any one ordinary book. Arendt reaches greatness, but she needs great editor to systematize her ideas; an Engels to her her Marx. Nadia May does her best with the long, tortuous sentences. I hope someone awarded her The Order of the Golden Throat Lozenge for her lively reading here.


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