How Words Reshape the Past: The ‘Old, Old Story’ of Totalitarianism

  title={How Words Reshape the Past: The ‘Old, Old Story’ of Totalitarianism},
  author={Juan Francisco Fuentes},
  journal={Politics, Religion \& Ideology},
  pages={282 - 297}
Abstract Modernising the past and archaising the present is a kind of unwritten rule with respect to anachronisms. Although the words ‘totalitarian’ and ‘totalitarianism' were created in the 1920s in Fascist Italy, their application henceforth to earlier, even remote, historical periods was quite commonplace. Whereas the totalitarian experience par excellence corresponds to the interwar period, the word as a key element of modern political language reaches its climax during the first Cold War… Expand
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