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Imperialism and Totalitarianism in the 19th and 20th Century

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During the last two centuries in Europe, three political movements arose of unprecedented ferocity in human history. Hannah Arendt, one of the most brilliant political scientists of the 20th century, argues in The Origin of Totalitarianism (Harvest Book, 1968) that “antisemitism, imperialism, and totalitarianism have demonstrated that human dignity needs a new guarantee which can be found only in a new political principle...” This study group will continue the reading started in the winter session of 2021, which was Part I, Antisemitism, by reading Part II, Imperialism, and Part III, Totalitarianism. Reading assignments will average slightly less than 25 pages per week. If study group participants did not read Part I during the winter session, it is strongly recommended that they do so prior to the fall session. Part I is about 120 pages. This study group will encourage maximum participation in discussion whether or not the questions and comments are right or wrong, or good or bad. Although not mandatory, every participant is encouraged to lead at least one hour of discussion. If you are intrigued by Hitler and Stalin, join us to read Arendt and follow the advice of Polybius by studying totalitarianism in order to not make the same mistakes in the future. 

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Jim Kirk2.Ken Yoshitani3.Michael Schudrowitz 



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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/9/2021 - 12/9/2021 Weekly - Thu 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Michael Schudrowitz  ; Ken Yoshitani  ; Jim Kirk 
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