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The Origins of Totalitarianism  Book Summary

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By Hannah Arendt

15 min


The threat of totalitarianism occurs when a large part of society becomes disenfranchised by its government. 

The best way to prevent the rise of totalitarianism from happening is for all of society to be represented equally and to encourage free thinking. The protection of human rights and free will is essential to continue living in a democratic society. 

About the Author

Hannah Arendt was born in Hanover, Germany in 1906. She studied philosophy at the University of Marburg, the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, and the University of Heidelberg. 

As an author, Arendt has written extensively about the philosophy of human nature and the threat of totalitarianism. She was also a professor at the University of Chicago and the New School for Social Research in New York City. 

Arendt moved to Paris in 1933 as Nazi policies began to be implemented. In 1941 she and her husband moved to the United States where she became the research director for the Conference on Jewish Relations. 

In 1951 Arendt became a naturalized American citizen and remained in the United States for the rest of her life. Arendt died in 1975 aged 69 and left behind an extensive body of work that is still relevant today. 
book summary - The Origins of Totalitarianism  by Hannah Arendt

The Origins of Totalitarianism 

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