Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism

(2543 words)
  • Ruth Starkman (University of San Francisco)

Racism will carry out the doom of the western world and for that matter, the whole of human civilization. When Russians have become slavs, when Frenchmen have assumed the role of commanders of a force noire, when Englishmen have turned into “white men”, as already for a disastrous spell all German became Aryans, then this change will itself signify the end of Western man. For no matter what learned scientists may say, race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity, but its end, not the origins of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man, but his unnatural death.
The Origins of Totalitarianism (157)

Passionate, genre-defying and encyclopedic, sometimes …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Starkman, Ruth. "The Origins of Totalitarianism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14454, accessed 09 October 2015.]