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   Totalitarianism Totalitarianism is a political system where the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever necessary. [1] From German American political theorist Hannah Arendt’s idea, we can postulates six central components of a totalitarian state[2]: 1.      An official ideology directed towards a historical goal which is instilled into the entire population. Such as the fascism and anti-Semitism in Germany in the...

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Totalitarianism is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary. Total domination, which strives to organize the infinite plurality and differentiation of human beings as is all of humanity were just one individual [Arendt pg 282]. The concept of totalitarianism was first developed by Italian fascists and became popular during the world war and cold war period. Most prominent regimes of...

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politics recognize the two theories focused on the totalitarian model. Basically, there are two totalitarian models- “an operational one that tried to describe the existing Soviet society and a developmental one that focused on the origins of totalitarianism and on the responsibility of Marxism-Leninsism for Stalinism.”1 According to Marxist theory, only through a modern industrialized economy could a true proletariat class be developed, as Marx makes no mention of a peasant class. Marxist theory...

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Orwell and Totalitarianism

and were impeding on any kind of progress in the world. Which was why in theory he was all for Communism since Orwell was passionate about the plight of the lower classes. However after seeing for himself that communism was nothing more than a totalitarianism with a different name, Orwell came to denounce any type of government in which the constituency was given no voice. When writing 1984, Orwell wasn’t writing a story about an oppressed society in an alternate reality, but was instead attempting...

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How Does Orwell Criticise Totalitarianism?

1) How far and in what ways are totalitarianism and human societies criticised by Orwell, and is this meant as a warning for the population in the post-war period? 2) Orwell criticises totalitarianism in his novel by creating in it a society that cumulates all the disadvantages from different regimes throughout history. Therefore, this author manages to denigrate human societies in general as well as the government of totalitarian regimes through the way his main character, Winston Smith...

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Totalitarianism: a World of Terror (1984)

Totalitarianism: A World of Terror Totalitarian is defined as “of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures (as censorship and terrorism) (Totalitarian)”. Through totalitarianism the government is able to completely control its citizens. This can cause everyone to no longer be individuals, no longer be creative, and no longer be imaginative...

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Totalitarianism Soviet Stalin

To what extent was the Soviet Union a totalitarian state by 1939? The term 'totalitarianism' emerged in the 1920s and '30s, to describe the dictatorial regimes which appeared at that time in Germany and the USSR. The Soviet Union was undoubtedly totalitarian by the late 1930s. However, Stalin's power was anything but absolute up until that time. It took the Great Terror, the cult of personality and two decades of political patronage to put him in a position where he could abandon the pretences...

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Arendt-Theory of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt is widely regarded as one of the most important, unique and influential thinkers of political philosophy in the Twentieth century. Arendt was greatly influenced by her mentor and one time lover, Martin Heidegger, whose phenomenological method would help to greatly shape and frame Arendt’s own thinking. Like Heidegger, Arendt was sceptical of the metaphysical tradition which tended towards abstract conceptual reasoning; ultimately at odds...

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Totalitarianism Thrives on the Exploitation of the Weak by the Strong

Totalitarianism Thrives on the Exploitation of the Weak By the Strong "Napoleon is always right." - George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 5 The novel that elevated George Orwell to literary fame was Animal Farm; a satirical ‘fairy tale for adults’ based on the themes of totalitarianism and Stalinism. In accordance with the theme, the book heavily satirizes the Russian Revolution; both directly and indirectly, and therefore gives rise to a host of examples to substantiate the statement: ‘Totalitarianism...

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Examining Totalitarianism Through the Soviet Union

Katie Sisco HST 112 Sravani Biswas Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 4/18/11 Examining Totalitarianism Through the Soviet Union Woodrow Wilson’s hopes that World War I would serve as the “war to end all wars,” certainly were not fulfilled with the rise of dictatorships throughout Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. At the end of World War I, the age of absolute monarchy began to crumble. Just a month after the 1917 February Revolution in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne...

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