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The Multiplied Mind

Perspectival Thinking in Arendt, Koestler, Orwell

Milen Jissov

perspectival thinking. 4 It appears in the work of Europe's three most prominent thinkers on totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, and George Orwell. They explore perspectival thinking precisely in their work on totalitarianism. As Nietzsche

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Totalitarian Language

Creating Symbols to Destroy Words

Juan Francisco Fuentes

This article deals with totalitarianism and its language, conceived as both the denial and to some extent the reversal of liberalism and its conceptual framework. Overcoming liberal language meant not only setting up new political terminology, but also replacing words with symbols, ideas with sensations. This is why the standard political lexicon of totalitarianism became hardly more than a slang vocabulary for domestic consumption and, by contrast, under those regimes—mainly Italian fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism—a amboyant universe of images, sounds, and metaphors arose. Many of these images revolved around the human body as a powerful means to represent a charismatic leadership and, at the same time, an organic conception of their national communities. Totalitarian language seems to be a propitious way to explore the “dark side” of conceptual history, constituted by symbols rather than words.

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Benyamin Neuberger

expressed views that bordered on totalitarianism. They spoke, for example, of “an organization whose members are totally committed to the leadership and its goals” (Ben-Gurion), or demanded that Ahdut HaAvoda members “devote all their time to the

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Reading Machiavelli and La Boétie with Lefort

Interpretation, Ideology and Conflict Then and Now

Emmanuel Charreau

involved in [his] studies of writings of the past’ from the study of contemporary events 6 and more generally from his ‘inquiries into the principles of modern democracy and of totalitarianism’ (1983a: 91–92). This is why the study of ideology is always a

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

totalitarianism. In the final pages of Origins of Totalitarianism (1973), Arendt transitions from her sweeping historical analysis of totalitarian politics to consider its relationship with the ways in which people live together and how they understand the world

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Jan Bíba and Jakub Franěk

Machiavelli's writings range from a predecessor of totalitarianism to a proponent of subversive republicanism or even radical democracy, from the first political scientist to have discovered the ideal of value-free political analysis, to a liberal, a fascist

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Looking without Seeing

Visual Literacy in Light of Holocaust Photography

Christophe Busch

relational domain, yet it contributed little to a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms and (historical-social) dynamics that had given rise to the escalation of totalitarianism and collective violence. More than seventy years later, Cornelia

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Jane Haynes

front of a blank wall but then discarded it, which additionally makes a statement about her unconscious desire ‘to display’. One of the most painful realities of being controlled by technology is its crudity, its totalitarianism in comparison to

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Matthew Screech, Bart Beaty, Kees Ribbens, and Christina Meyer

Jean-Marie Apostolidès, Dans la Peau de Tintin [‘In Tintin’s Skin’]

Alain Boillat, ed., Les Cases à l’écran: Bande dessinée et cinéma en dialogue [‘Panels on the Screen: Comics and Cinema in Dialogue’]

Viviane Alary and Benoît Mitaine, eds., Lignes de front: bande dessinée et totalitarisme [Frontlines: Comics and Totalitarianism]

Thomas Becker, ed., Comic: Intermedialität und Legitimität eines popkulturellen Mediums [‘Comics: Intermediality and Legitimacy of a Popular Medium’]

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Jonathan Bach

Across former East Germany today there are more than two dozen private museums devoted to representing everyday life under socialism. Some are haphazard collections in cramped spaces, others marketable mainstays of their local tourist economy. Historians have criticized them as at best amateurish and, at worst, a trivialization of the GDR's repressive practices. Yet, this article argues how, as a social phenomenon, these museums form an important early phase in postunification efforts by public cultural institutions to incorporate the GDR everyday into working through the past. The article examines the museum's modes of representation and shows how the museums lay claim to authenticity through a tactile, interactive, and informal approach. Despite valid criticisms, the article argues that the museums can be seen as helping overcome, rather than reinforce, the binary of totalitarianism and everyday life as antagonistic frameworks for understanding the socialist past.