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Modernism and Totalitarianism

Rethinking the Intellectual Sources of Nazism and Stalinism, 1945 to the Present


Part of the Modernism and … book series (MAND)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Richard Shorten
      Pages 1-20
  3. Totalitarianism — What, When, How?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Richard Shorten
      Pages 23-72
    3. Richard Shorten
      Pages 73-106
  4. Three Totalitarian Currents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Richard Shorten
      Pages 109-149
    3. Richard Shorten
      Pages 150-189
    4. Richard Shorten
      Pages 190-236
  5. Conclusion

    1. Richard Shorten
      Pages 237-245
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 246-321

About this book


Modernism and Totalitarianism evaluates a broad range of post-1945 scholarship. Totalitarianism, as the common ideological trajectory of Nazism and Stalinism, is dissected as a synthesis of three modernist intellectual currents which determine its particular, inherited character.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International StudiesUniversity of BirminghamUK

About the authors

RICHARD SHORTEN teaches political theory at the University of Birmingham, UK. His work focuses on the history of political ideas, with particular reference to twentieth-century Europe. He has published widely on the subject of totalitarianism.

Bibliographic information


“With detailed endnotes, an excellent primary and secondary bibliography, he synthesises the work of earlier theorists and offers an original analysis of totalitarianism for a new generation of readers. … Modernism and Totalitarianism will have a wide appeal to intellectual and political historians. Richard Shorten is to be commended for his analysis of the ‘shared ideological space’ of totalitarianism … .” (Siobhan Kattago, The European Legacy, Vol. 22 (2), 2017)

'An extremely worthwhile book that constitutes a significant contribution to a much-discussed topic It meets an obvious need for a comprehensive survey among so many more specialised studies. I cannot think of any other work that quite does the job'

- Harry Redner, formerly Reader in Politics at Monash University