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Antisemitism: Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism

Key insights from Hannah Arendt's

Antisemitism: Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism


Key insights from Hannah Arendt's

Antisemitism: Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism

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The development of antisemitism and its impact on global politics.

<p>What trends and attitudes created the antisemitic ideology that fueled the Third Reich? In this Snapshot, you’ll learn about the historical relationship between the Jewish community and Europe, and you’ll see how it laid the groundwork for the antisemitism of the 20th century. You will also discover why antisemitism is more complex and dangerous than you might think and why fighting antisemitism is essential for protecting the whole of human freedom. </p><br>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in political theory and philosophy
  • Are disturbed by recent spikes in white supremacist hate crimes
  • Want to learn about the ideas and trends that led to Nazism
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Introduction

In the wake of World War II, the global community grappled with a daunting challenge: making sense of its dangerously close encounter with totalitarianism. For decades, historians, philosophers, and ordinary citizens have continued to ask: How did Germany’s Nazi movement manage to gain so much power and create such a formidable threat to global freedom? How is it possible that the Nazis nearly took over the world, and what events and ideas can explain this near-miss with universal oppression?

Answering these questions about totalitarianism’s ominous rise requires a...

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