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Antisemitism: Part One of the Origins of Totalitarianism (9789755160115)

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The first volume of Arendt’s celebrated three-part study of the philosophical origins of the totalitarian mind. This volume focuses on the rise of antisemitism in Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published 1985 by Harvest Books (first published March 20th 1968)
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Sep 01, 2014 Trevor rated it liked it
I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was in this. More so, because I even agree with her conclusions. If there was ever a need for proof that even in history the rule is ‘show, don’t tell’ then this is it. She spends far too much time saying things that imply that she knows what the Jews or what those around them were thinking and feeling en masse – and all this did was make me wonder how the hell she could know such a thing. The best of this is when she finally gets onto Disraeli and th ...more
James Elder
Oct 05, 2014 James Elder rated it it was amazing
Hannah Arendt provides a broad and in depth investigation into the sadly intertwined history of totalitarianism and the attitudes towards the Jewish people (from both Jewish and non Jewish points of view).

The book is a very extensive and interesting review of both the status of Jewish people in the European world in reality and popular legends from the late medieval period to the end of the first world war.

It also covers much of the the social, economic and political developments in European nat
Jun 06, 2014 dvd.tbg rated it it was amazing
Jilid Pertama buku Asal-Ususl Totalitarianisme ini berkisah tentang hal-hal yang memicu lahirnya gerakan antisemitisme di Eropa, mulai dari mulai dari kelahiran negara-bangsa di Eropa yang kemudian memuncak pada kasus Dreyfus. Kasus Dreyfus, menurut saya, memperlihatkan betapa kasus kekerasan rasis, dalam hal ini antisemitisme, dapat juga merupakan interaksi antara kepentingan politik, agama, hingga ekonomi yang secara rapi terselubung. Buku ini memperlihatkan betapa sentimen politik, agama, eko ...more
Will S
Aug 15, 2015 Will S rated it really liked it
Brilliant, controversial, and dense. Arendt is a brilliant political philosopher, with deep insights about the condition of Jews in Western Europe, and how religious Judaism evolved into social and political Jewishness with all of the horrific repercussions that resulted. Arendt's theories and research are compelling, but often opaque and controversial. Despite being Jewish, she often seem anti-Semitic herself.

Arendt draws conclusions that are currently relevant, having many parallels in our so
Michel Van Goethem
Jan 01, 2015 Michel Van Goethem rated it it was amazing
Antisemitism : Part One of the Origins of Totalitarianism
by Hannah Arendt
Jul 13, 2015 Edward rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, july-2015
I feel bad giving this book such a low rating considering how detailed and illuminating it is. Unfortunately it was lacking in what I, and I assume many people, look for in a book on antisemitism. Arendt focuses her analysis on the historical development of antisemitism, covering events mainly in the 19th century, concluding her discussion with the Dreyfus Affair, but saying almost nothing on developments in the 20th century. Considering she wrote this book shortly after WWII, such an omission i ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Npsopa rated it really liked it
Arendts book is an interesting reading experience as for scrutinizing the emergence of antisemitism in the 1800s. The merits of the book are undeniable. The only thing that troubled me was the way Arendt writes. Sometimes it was quite difficult to hang onto the point of the text due to its complexity. Arendt is not the most reader-friendly author around. ...more
Rukaya Zayani
Oct 20, 2013 Rukaya Zayani rated it it was amazing
Interesting book and an interesting political theorist. Arendt's arguments are complex and extraordinary, makes you want to dive and swim in her thoughts. I know her arguments are opposed by many criticism, and sometimes her analysis are slightly complex in a way that might mislead you.
Leonard Pierce
May 18, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
The first of Hannah Arendt's brilliant reconstruction of the growth of totalitarianism starts off a bit slow, and can seem extremely daunting, but it's probably the best book on how anti-Semitism has fed fascist movements we've got.
Steve Clason
Jul 27, 2010 Steve Clason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
The Origins of TOTALITARIANISM by Arendt (1960)
Apr 02, 2011 James rated it liked it
A bit long.
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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born into a German-Jewish family, she was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and lived in Paris for the next eight years, working for a number of Jewish refugee organisations. In 1941 she immigrated to the United States and soon became part of a lively intellectual circle in New York. She held a ...more
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