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Hannah Arendt is one of the most original and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century, and her work has attracted a great deal of criticism and comment. In this major reinterpretation Margaret Canovan makes extensive use of unpublished material to trace the themes of Arendt's mature thought back to their origins in her concern with Nazism and Stalinism, and shows that Arendt has been widely misunderstood because her writings have not been read in their proper context. Dr Canovan sheds new and often surprising light on many of the most controversial areas of Arendt's work, including her theory of totalitarianism itself, the links between The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition, her theory of action, her puzzling and disturbing comments on 'the social question' and on morality in politics, and many other aspects of her work. Arendt's thought turns out to be more complex and more deeply preoccupied with totalitarianism than is generally recognised, but also, paradoxically, to have greater contemporary relevance than might be expected. Dr Canovan's reinterpretation strengthens Arendt's claim to be regarded as one of the most significant political thinkers of the twentieth century.
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  Hannah Arendt Hannah Arendt is one of  the  most srcinal and controversial thinkers ofthe twentieth century, and her work has attracted a great deal of criticismand comment. In this major reinterpretation Margaret Canovan makesextensive use of unpublished material to trace the themes of Arendt'smature thought back to their srcins in her concern with Nazism andStalinism, and shows that Arendt has been widely misunderstood becauseher writings have not been read in their proper context.Dr Canovan sheds new and often surprising light on many of  the  mostcontroversial areas of Arendt's work, including her theory of totalitaria- nism  itself,  the links between  The Origins of Totalitarianism  and  The Human Condition,  her theory of action, her puzzling and disturbingcomments on 'the social question' and on morality in politics, and manyother aspects of her  work.  Arendt's thought turns out to  be  more complexand more deeply preoccupied with totalitarianism than is generallyrecognised, but also, paradoxically, to have greater contemporaryrelevance than might be expected. Dr Canovan's reinterpretation streng-thens Arendt's claim to be regarded  as  one of the most significant politicalthinkers of the twentieth century.  Hannah Arendt A Reinterpretation of Her Political Thought Margaret Canovan Reader in Politics, University of Keele CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS  Published by the Press Syndicate of the University of CambridgeThe Pitt Building, Trumpington  Street,  Cambridge CB2  1  RP40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA10 Stamford Road, Oakleigh, Melbourne 3166, Australiar Cambridge University Press 1992First published 1992First paperback edition 1994 Reprinted 1995 A Catalogue record for this book is available from the British LibraryLibrary of  Congress  cataloguing  in  publication data Canovan, Margaret.Hannah Arendt: a reinterpretation of her political thought /Margaret Canovan. p.  cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 0-521-41911-51. Arendt, Hannah - Contributions in political science. I. Title.JC251.A74C26 1992320.5'3'092^dc20 91-41405 CIPISBN 0 521 41911 5 hardbackISBN 0 521 47773 5 paperbackTransferred to digital printing 2002 SE
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