Arendt and America by Richard H. King

By Richard H. King

German-Jewish political thinker Hannah Arendt (1906–75) fled from the Nazis to ny in 1941, and through the following thirty years in the United States she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, akin to The Human , The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, even though a considerable component to her oeuvre was once written in the US, no longer Europe, nobody has at once thought of the effect of the USA on her thought—until now. In Arendt and America, historian Richard H. King argues that whereas all of Arendt’s paintings used to be haunted by means of her event of totalitarianism, it used to be merely in her followed native land that she used to be capable of formulate the belief of the fashionable republic as a substitute to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social heritage, King unearths how Arendt built a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American pals and co-workers, comparable to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and indicates how her vigorous correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend glossy American tradition and society. within the final portion of Arendt and America, King units out the context during which the Eichmann controversy happened and follows the talk approximately “the banality of evil” that has endured ever on account that.  As King exhibits, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, used to be formed via postwar American notion, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights stream and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the USA was once even more than a safe haven from Nazi Germany; it was once a stimulus to reconsider the political, moral, and old traditions of human tradition. This authoritative blend of highbrow background and biography bargains a different method for wondering the impact of the US on Arendt’s principles and likewise the impact of her rules on American thought.

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