Comparative Politics: Totalitarianism

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Is ‘totalitarianism’ still a useful category of political analysis and comparison? 10 pages research Essay

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1UniversityIs totalitarianism still a useful category of political analysis and comparison?Name:Course:Date:Totalitarianism 2Is totalitarianism still a useful category of political analysis and comparison?IntroductionSince the 1950s, most of the academic scholars who favor totalitarianism haveacknowledged that it was never really successful in the quest to earn complete domination. Thiswas the same argument that David Riesman had in his manuscript on the origins ofTotalitarianism. Totalitarianism can be considered to be in its simplest form a flesh of the lesseror greater virulence. Studies from inmate camp culture have shown evidence of countering theoxymoronic concession of the fact that totalitarianism has its limits (Voegelin, 1953, p.68). Eventhough the concept of totalitarianism has been put aside in the political universe, it is said to bemaking a comeback in the past decade. In the recent time of the cold war it dominated thepolitical analysis in the US. During the 1960s the term was used to describe the events of theSoviet Union and the emergence of their satellite. It was after the 1960s that totalitarianism waswaned in frequency, but didnt completely disappear in the political environment. The collapseof the Soviet Union could have been the reason for this toned down of totalitarianism and thepolitical way of thinking (Gross, 1982, p.367). This resulted in the rehabilitation of the term andits varying formats after t

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