An analysis of totalitarian state

It is the essence of a totalitarian state that it subjects the economy to its aims. This plurality is noticed in the six chapters that make up the work in question.

Trotsky and Worrall reply: "Bureaucracy. The infinite diversity among individuals blurs, replaced by a mass conformity or at least acquiescence to the beliefs and behaviour sanctioned by the state. Examples of centralized rule dating further back in history that can be described as totalitarian include the Mauryan dynasty of India c.

Lenin and Trotsky with a select group of followers who were never able to come to independent decisions as a party but always remained an instrument in the hands of the leaders the same was true later with the fascist and national-socialist parties seized power at a time when the old state apparatus was collapsing.

Arendt could not have known in detail the course of events in the Soviet Union any more than her Western colleagues did. Still, in the relatively short life span of the European empires, the national institutions of the imperial states, though corrupted by empire, withstood its corrosive effects.

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Arendt quotes revealing passages from T. However, the rise of nationalism during the nineteenth century undermined the sovereignty of the state until, finally, the nation asserted its sovereignty over the state.

In other words, modern bureaucracy revolutionised the state, expanding its reach and ability to control society and colonies in ways not envisaged by the proponents of the modern European nation-state. Imperialism, the topic of the second part of Origins, played a more direct role in mainstream European politics between and the outbreak of World War One.

Only if we grasp her general approach does it become possible to integrate her arguments in the first two parts of Origins with the third part dealing with totalitarianism per se. Nonetheless, Arendt argues that the relation established between the ruler and the ruled — established by the novel device of total domination — is both more complex and equivocal than it might appear.

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Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism