Arendt and America by Richard H. King

By Richard H. King

German-Jewish political thinker Hannah Arendt (1906–75) fled from the Nazis to big apple in 1941, and through the subsequent thirty years in the US she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, resembling The Human , The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, although a considerable component of her oeuvre used to be written in the USA, now not Europe, nobody has at once thought of the impression 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 way of her adventure of totalitarianism, it used to be purely in her followed native land that she used to be in a position to formulate the assumption of the fashionable republic as a substitute to totalitarian rule.


Situating Arendt in the context of U.S. highbrow, political, and social heritage, King finds how Arendt constructed a fascination with the political considered the Founding Fathers. King additionally re-creates her highbrow exchanges with American acquaintances and associates, reminiscent of Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and indicates how her full of life correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend smooth American tradition and society. within the final component to Arendt and America, King units out the context within which the Eichmann controversy happened and follows the controversy approximately “the banality of evil” that has persevered ever given that.  As King indicates, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, used to be formed through postwar American suggestion, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights flow and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the U.S. 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 mix of highbrow heritage and biography bargains a special technique for puzzling over the effect of the USA on Arendt’s principles and likewise the influence of her rules on American thought.

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