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 following thirty years in the USA she wrote her best-known and such a lot influential works, resembling The Human situation, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and On Revolution. but, although a considerable section of her oeuvre was once written in the US, 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 was once haunted by way of her adventure of totalitarianism, it used to be in basic terms in her followed native land that she was once 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 background, 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 associates, similar to Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and exhibits how her energetic correspondence with sociologist David Riesman helped her comprehend glossy American tradition and society. within the final component of Arendt and America, King units out the context within which the Eichmann controversy came about and follows the controversy approximately “the banality of evil” that has endured ever due to the fact.  As King exhibits, Arendt’s paintings, despite concentration, was once formed via postwar American suggestion, tradition, and politics, together with the Civil Rights circulate and the chilly War.

For Arendt, the U.S. used to be even more than a shelter from Nazi Germany; it used to be a stimulus to reconsider the political, moral, and ancient traditions of human tradition. This authoritative blend of highbrow historical past and biography bargains a distinct process for considering the impression of the US on Arendt’s principles and in addition the impression of her principles on American thought.

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