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Pre-Modernity, Totalitarianism and the Non-Banality of Evil

A Comparison of Germany, Spain, Sweden and France

Authors: Saxonberg, Steven

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  • Argues against Arendt’s ‘banality of evil’ thesis from a theoretical perspective
  • Compares regimes to consider why they become totalitarian
  • Demonstrates that totalitarianism is not purely a modern phenomenon  
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This book provides a comparative and historical analysis of totalitarianism and considers why Spain became totalitarian during its inquisition but not France; and why Germany became totalitarian during the previous century, but not Sweden. The author pushes the concept of totalitarianism back into the pre-modern period and challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the banality of evil. Instead, he presents an alternative framework that can explain why some states become totalitarian and why they induce people to commit evil acts.

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Steven Saxonberg is a professor in the Institute of European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Institute of Public Policy and Social Work, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He has done research at the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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“Today, when the role of fear in keeping the population in line has been again rediscovered by different political actors, there is nothing more timely than asking new and critical questions about the dark European history. The book, a comparative historical political-sociological analysis of the history of Spain, France, Germany and Sweden, argues against the widely held belief that totalitarianism is something modern. The challenging argument of the book that totalitarianism has come about as part of a state-building strategy will help us think about what one can or cannot learn from the past.” (Andrea Pető, Professor, Central European University, Hungary)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pre-Modernity, Totalitarianism and the Non-Banality of Evil
Book Subtitle
A Comparison of Germany, Spain, Sweden and France
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28195-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28195-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28194-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 303
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