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Totalitarianism and political religion : an intellectual history

Author: A James Gregor
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, ©2012.
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The totalitarian systems that arose in the twentieth century presented themselves as secular. Yet, as the author of this book argues, they themselves functioned as religions. The author presents an intellectual history of the rise of these political religions, tracing a set of ideas which include the belief that a certain text contains impeccable truths; notions of infallible, charismatic leadership; and the promise  Read more...
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Gregor, A. James (Anthony James), 1929-
Totalitarianism and political religion.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2012], ©2012
(DLC) 2011036780
(OCoLC)751250348
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A James Gregor
ISBN: 0804783683 9780804783682
OCLC Number: 786438257
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Hegelians after Hegel --
Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx : history as religion --
Leninism : revolution as religion --
Fascism : the antecedents --
Fascism : the state as religion --
The religiopolitical background of national socialism --
National socialism : race as religion --
Consolidation and decay.
Responsibility: A. James Gregor.

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An intellectual history of the rise and influence of political religion in the political life of the twentieth century.  Read more...

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"In this impressive work of scholarship A. James Gregor shows that the totalitarian twins, communism and fascism, are not at all what they claim to be-secular and atheistic ideologies-but thinly Read more...

 
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