On Revolution (Viking Compass)

by Hannah Arendt

Paperback, 1969




Viking Press, (1969)


A study of revolutions that focuses on the opposing characteristics of the American and French revolutions.

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LibraryThing member alex14
On Revolution is a classic analysis of a relatively recent political phenomenon. hannah arendt looks at the principles which underlie all revolutions, starting with the first great examples in America and France, and showing how both the theory and practice of revolution have since developed. Finally, she foresees the changing relationship between war and revolution and crucial changes in international relations, with revolution becoming the key tactic.… (more)
LibraryThing member GalenWiley
Hannah Arendt’s penetrating observations on the modern world have been fundamental to our understanding of our political landscape, both its history and its future. Published in the years between Arendt’s seminal texts The Origins of Totalitarianism and Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution is a unique and fascinating look at violent political change and its relationship to individual freedom, from the eighteenth-century rebellions in America and France to the explosive changes of the twentieth century. Illuminating and prescient, this timeless work will fascinate anyone who seeks to decipher the forces that shape our tumultuous age.… (more)
LibraryThing member Fledgist
Arendt's examination of revolution as a phenomenon of modern politics.
LibraryThing member axelp
"The momentous role that hypocrisy and the passion for its unmasking came to play in the later stages of the French Revolution, though it may never cease to astound the historian, is a matter of historical record. The revolution, before it proceeded to devour its own children, had unmasked them, and French historiography, in more than a hundred and fifty years, has reproduced and documented all these exposures until no one is left among the chief actors who does not stand accused, or at least suspected, of corruption, duplicity, and mendacity."… (more)




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