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Polity Press
10 April 2020
Social & political philosophy; Politics & government; Political science & theory
Less than a century old, the concept of totalitarianism is one of the most controversial in political theory, with some proposing to abandon it altogether. In this accessible, wide-ranging introduction, David Roberts addresses the grounds for skepticism and shows that appropriately recast-as an aspiration and direction, rather than a system of domination-totalitarianism is essential for understanding the modern political universe.

Surveying the career of the concept from the 1920s to today, Roberts shows how it might better be applied to the three classic regimes of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Extending totalitarianism's reach into the twenty-first century, he then examines how Communist China, Vladimir Putin's Russia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), and the threat of the technological surveillance state can be conceptualized in the totalitarian tradition. Roberts shows that although the term has come to have overwhelmingly negative connotations, some have enthusiastically pursued a totalitarian direction-and not simply for power, control, or domination.

This volume will be essential reading for any student, scholar or reader interested in how totalitarianism does, and could, shape our modern political world.
By:   David D. Roberts, David D Roberts
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   234g
ISBN:   9781509532407
ISBN 10:   1509532404
Series:   Key Concepts in Political Theory
Pages:   170
Publication Date:   10 April 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David D. Roberts is Albert Berry Saye Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Georgia

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