Title

The theory of totalitarian leadership

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

The Anthem companion to Hannah Arendt

Publication Date

1-1-2017

First Page

221

Last Page

248

Publisher

Anthem Press

Abstract

This chapter examines Arendt's theory of totalitarian leadership. It begins with her description of "the masses,'' proceeds to her account of Hitler and Stalin as rulers of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and concludes with a discussion of Arendt as a covert sociologist: a thinker who recurrently resorts to sociological explanations, despite her express opposition to sociology as a discipline. Throughout this chapter, Arendt's notion of leadership is contrasted with the Weberian idea of charismatic domination, an idea she thought absurd when applied to totalitarian conditions.

Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781783081851

Recommended Citation

Baehr, P. (2017). The theory of totalitarian leadership. In P. Baehr & P. Walsh (Eds.), The Anthem companion to Hannah Arendt (pp. 221-248). London: Anthem Press.

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