Recognized on publicaton as the definitive account of its subject and ten years later hailed as a classic by the "Times Literary Supplement," this remarkable book has been foremost wherever the characteristics and problems of the twentieth century are discussed. Dr. Arendt's study begins with an account of the rise in the nineteenth century and ...Read MoreRecognized on publicaton as the definitive account of its subject and ten years later hailed as a classic by the "Times Literary Supplement," this remarkable book has been foremost wherever the characteristics and problems of the twentieth century are discussed. Dr. Arendt's study begins with an account of the rise in the nineteenth century and continues with an examination of European colonial imperialism from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I. The final section deals with the institutions, organizations, and operations of totalitarian movements and governments, focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian dominion in history - Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Dr. Arendt discusses the transformation of classes into masses, the role of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world, and the use of terror, the very essence of this form of government. And in a brilliant concluding chapter she analyzes the nature of isolation and lonelines as preconditions for total domination. The present edition includes all of the material in the 1966 "New Edition, " together with the prefaces to the 1968 Harvest editions of "Antisemitism" and "Imperialism."Read Less
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This class needs no recommendation: it is essential reading for all who care about the future of democracy.
Oct 30, 2009
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
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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