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Totalitarianism, terrorism and supreme values : history and theory

Author: Peter Bernholz
Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2017.
Series: Studies in public choice, v. 33.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Applying a rational choice perspective, this book presents a dynamic theory of the evolution of totalitarian regimes and terrorism. By demonstrating that totalitarian regimes rest on ideologies involving supreme values that are assumed to be absolutely true, the author identifies the factors that lead to totalitarian regimes, and those that transform or abolish those regimes with time. The author addresses different  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Bernholz
ISBN: 9783319569079 3319569074
OCLC Number: 988773362
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Contents: Preface; Contents; 1 Introduction; 2 Ideologies of National Socialism, Communism, Christianity, and Islam; 2.1 National Socialism; 2.2 Marxism; 2.3 Christianity; 2.4 Islam; 2.5 Conclusions; References; 3 The Theory of Totalitarianism and Mature Ideocracy, Part I: Evolution and Development; 3.1 The Birth of Ideology and the Progress Toward Ideocratic Regimes; 3.2 Further Development after Winning the Secular Power of the State; 4 Further Historical Cases of Totalitarian Regimes; 4.1 The Mongols Under Genghis Khan and His Immediate Successors; 4.2 Aztecs and Incas. 4.2.1 The Empire of the Mexicas4.2.2 The Empire of the Incas; 4.3 The Rule of the Anabaptists in Münster; 4.4 Calvin's Regime in Geneva; 4.5 The Mahdist State in the Sudan 1881-1898; 4.6 The Rule of the Taliban in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan; 4.7 The Islamic Caliphate in Syria and the Levant; 4.8 The Bloody Trails of Totalitarian Regimes; References; 5 Mature Ideocracies; 5.1 The Puritan State of Massachusetts; 5.2 The Jesuit State in Paraguay; 5.3 The Rule of the Dalai Lama in Tibet; 5.4 Saudi Arabia; 5.5 The Iranian Shiite Islamic Republic. 5.6 Conclusions for the Theory of Totalitarianism and of Mature IdeocraciesReferences; 6 The Theory of Totalitarian Regimes, Part II: Stability, Further Development, and Demise; 6.1 Development of Totalitarian Regimes Depending on the Universalism of Their Aims; 6.2 Development of Totalitarian Regimes After Reaching Their Aims; References; 7 The Constitution of Totalitarianism; 7.1 Introduction; 7.2 Supreme Values as a Basis for a Constitution; 7.3 Islam and Christianity as Examples of Such Types of Constitutions; 7.4 The Importance of the Totalitarian Domain. 7.5 Supreme Values and the Separation of Powers7.6 The Intensity of Ideocratic Demands; 7.7 Conclusions; References; 8 Terrorism as a Means to Win or to Regain Secular Power; 8.1 Changes in the International Environment Furthering Terror; 8.2 How to Apply Terrorism to Reach the Desired Aims; 8.3 Supreme Values as a Basis for Terror; 8.4 Religious Fundamentalism as a Source of Terror; 8.5 Terrorism and Supreme Values; 8.6 An Economic Model of Ideologically Based Terrorism*; 8.6.1 The Model; 8.6.2 The Demand for the Ideological Good and the Consumption Good. 8.6.3 Measures to Defend Against Terrorism8.7 Measures to Protect Against Supreme Value Terrorism; 8.8 The Spiritual Battle; 8.9 Conclusions; References; 9 Economic and Political Problems Facing Ideocracies; 9.1 Negative Economic Consequences if Supreme Values Are Demanding a Planned Economy; 9.2 Consequences of Other Supreme Values for Economic Development; 9.3 Negative Domestic Political Consequences of Supreme Values; 9.4 Consequences of Supreme Values for International Policies; References; 10 Art and Science in Totalitarian Regimes and Mature Ideocracies.
Series Title: Studies in public choice, v. 33.
Responsibility: Peter Bernholz.

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