Race-Thinking Before Racism

  title={Race-Thinking Before Racism},
  author={Hannah Arendt},
  journal={The Review of Politics},
  pages={36 - 73}
  • H. Arendt
  • Published 1 January 1944
  • History, Political Science
  • The Review of Politics
If race-thinking were a German invention, as it is now sometimes asserted, then “German thinking” (whatever that may be) was victorious in many parts of the spiritual world long before the Nazis started their illfated attempt at world conquest. Hitlerism exercised its strong international and inter-Europeanappeal during the 'thirties because racism, although a state doctrine only in Germany, had been everywhere a powerful trend in public opinion. The Nazi political warmachine had long been in… 

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