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Totalitarianism
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I. Philosophy

The term first appears in controversies about Italian Fascism, but in theoretical discussions it is also applied to Bolshevism (Communism) (see II below). When the National Socialists (National Socialism) seized power it became a central theme of political theory. The term became popular because the traditional categories of tyranny and despotism were inadequate to define the rising political deformations of the 20t…

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Zenkert, Georg and Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm, “Totalitarianism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025143>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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