Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination : The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance
The first book-length study to juxtapose Arendt's concept of total domination with actual testimonies of Holocaust survivors, this book calls for methodological pluralism and the integration of the voices and narratives of the actors in the construction of political concepts and theoretical systems. To achieve this, Aharony engages with both well-known and non-canonical intellectuals and writers who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. Additionally, she analyzes the oral testimonies of survivors who are largely unknown, drawing from interviews conducted in Israel and in the U.S., as well as from videotaped interviews from archives around the world.
Revealing various manifestations of unarmed resistance in the camps, this study demonstrates the persistence of morality and free agency even under the most extreme and de-humanizing conditions, while cautiously suggesting that absolute domination is never as absolute as it claims or wishes to be. Scholars of political philosophy, political science, history, and Holocaust studies will find this an original and compelling book.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 490g
- 01 Oct 2017
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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"There is no doubting the importance of Aharony's subject or the value of her contribution to the understanding of it. Her book is thoroughly researched, uses original material as well as published texts, and is coherently presented and well written ... Congratulations must be given to Michal Aharony on an excellent and important addition to our understanding of a very complex and challenging subject." Raymond Auerback, The Wiener Library. Full review can be found here: https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Blog?item=201&returnoffset=0
"By the time ... Aharony (has) finished her critique, a reader has good reason to question very influential ideas of once highly regarded formative figures in the study of the Holocaust. Rarely in the annals of modern scholarship have so few so maligned so many at so great a cost to Truth and Honor." - Arthur Shostak, Department of Sociology, Drexel University, The European Legacy
"This is a good book. Its advertised purpose is to correct a one-sidedness in Hannah Arendt's construction of totalitarianism: namely, that Arendt reflects very deeply on the animating logic of totalitarianism's perpetrators, but curiously little on the perspective of the victims. Viewed in larger perspective, the book also contributes to an ongoing discussion. That is a discussion in which Arendt's voice is fundamental, and which concerns how we ought to interpret the significance of the institution of the concentration camp-both for the practice of totalitarianism and, indeed, for modernity at large." - Richard Shorten, Arendt Studies
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