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Author Gregor, A. James (Anthony James), 1929-
Title Totalitarianism and political religion : an intellectual history / A. James Gregor.
Imprint Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2012]

Subject Totalitarianism -- History.
Fascism -- History.
National socialism.
Religion and politics -- History.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary 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 of human redemption through strict obedience, selfless sacrifice, total dedication, and unremitting labour. The book provides insight into the variants of Marxism, Fascism, and National Socialism that dominated our immediate past.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0804783683 (electronic bk.)
9780804783682 (electronic bk.)
9780804781305 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0804781303 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 786438257
Additional Format Print version: Gregor, A. James (Anthony James), 1929- Totalitarianism and political religion. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2012], ©2012 9780804781305 (DLC) 2011036780 (OCoLC)751250348