Hannah Arendt's analysis of antisemitism in The Origins of Totalitarianism: a critical appraisal

  title={Hannah Arendt's analysis of antisemitism in The Origins of Totalitarianism: a critical appraisal},
  author={Peter Staudenmaier},
  journal={Patterns of Prejudice},
  pages={154 - 179}
ABSTRACT Hannah Arendt's seminal work The Origins of Totalitarianism begins with an extended study of the history of antisemitism. Many of Arendt's arguments in this groundbreaking text have been challenged by other scholars. Examining the chief contours of Arendt's account of the rise of modern antisemitism, Staudenmaier offers detailed reasons for approaching her conclusions sceptically while appreciating the book's other virtues. Arendt's repeated reliance on antisemitic sources, her… 
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    Steven Aschheim observes that Arendt's 'historiography of modern Jewish life and anti-Semitism was laden with Zionist assumptions
    • Times of Crisis
    On 'the fateful association of Jews with banking' and the historically suspect nature of this idea, see George Lichtheim
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    • 1973
    For rebuttals to Arendt's claim from a wide variety of perspectives, see David Biale, Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History: The Jewish Tradition and the Myth of Passivity
    • 1986
    The economic and social background of modern antisemitism
    • Conference on Jewish Relations
    • 1942