On Revolution

On Revolution Tracing the gradual evolution of revolutions Arendt predicts the changing relationship between war and revolution and the crucial role such combustive movements will play in the future of internation

  • Title: On Revolution
  • Author: Hannah Arendt
  • ISBN: 9780143039907
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tracing the gradual evolution of revolutions, Arendt predicts the changing relationship between war and revolution and the crucial role such combustive movements will play in the future of international relations She 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 praTracing the gradual evolution of revolutions, Arendt predicts the changing relationship between war and revolution and the crucial role such combustive movements will play in the future of international relations She 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 the crucial changes in international relations, with revolution becoming the key tactic.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. "It is too early to say."-Zhou Enlai (1898-1976), when asked on the implications of the French RevolutionGiven the number of uprisings, rebellions, and revolutions which have sprung up over the past years, (not to mention one this week), it would be fair to give them their proper attention. Hannah Arendt focuses her study in a history and comparative analysis of three revolutions: the American, the French, and the Russian.Revolution, like war, is violent. If we speak broadly and use 'revolution' [...]

    2. " سوء الفهم يجعل العالم يدور " مقولة لازمتني خلال شهور قرائتي لهذا الكتاب ، فبيننا وبين العالم سوء فهم كبير يجعلنا في حالة حراك متمرد وثوري معه ، نحن نسعى لنزيل سوء الفهم هذا ؛ الأمر المثير للسخرية أننا ونحن نحاول إزالته نحن نخلق سوء الفهم من جديد ! الباحثة السياسية و الفيلسوف [...]

    3. Hannah Arendt was a much more perceptive critic of the French Revolution than Burke, although she had the virtue of hindsight. In On Revolution (1963), Arendt made the provocative claim that the American Revolution was actually more ambitious than the French Revolution, although it failed to set the world ablaze. On Revolution is a work of dichotomies. Arendt claimed that the French Revolution was a struggle over scarcity and inequality, while the American Revolution was quest to secure politica [...]

    4. As difficult as The Human Condition (see my review), and it takes longer to pick up steam. Luckily though, Arendt keeps the momentum building until the end, starting around Chapter 3. Overall, Arendt spends too long discussing abstract philosophical ideas and linguistic origins and not enough time discussing the practical distinctions among revolutions, and what makes them work or fail. When she does this, the book becomes much more interesting, although any enjoyment is still hampered by the al [...]

    5. أمضيت سنوات كثيرة من عمري، بالتحديد: ثلاثين سنة، في دراسة الشر !حنة أرندتحنة أرندت، فيلسوفة أمريكية من أصل ألماني. ولدت عام 1906 وتوفيت 1975. تخصصت في الفلسفة في جامعة مدينة ماربورغ، وخلال الدراسة ارتبطت بعلاقة غرامية مع الفيلسوف الألماني مارتن هيدغر. اضطرت إلى ترك ماربورغ، لأن [...]

    6. Brilliant and unexpected -- focuses on French and American revolutions to explore not what revolutions have been historically so much as what they were intended as, or ought to be. Her argument is that revolutions are essentially political events, that are sidelined by the need to address the immediate concerns of the poor through redistribution. The unique success of the American revolution was due, first, to the "natural abundance" of America, which allowed the revolution here to complete its [...]

    7. If you know nothing about Arendt, I imagine this book will be incomprehensible and at the same time seem really radical. Knowing a little bit about her, as I do, rather undermines that. Perhaps if you know a lot about her, you can swing back round to radical? That would be nice. Arendt argues that the American revolution should have been the model for the 20th century revolutions in, e.g South America and Africa, but instead the revolutionaries took the French revolution as their model. At the s [...]

    8. 2.5/5The Greeks held that no one can be free except among [their] peers, that therefore neither the tyrant nor the despot nor the master of a household—even though [they were] full liberated and [were] not forced by others—was free.As no [one] shall show me a Commonwealth born straight that ever became crooked, so no [one] shall show me a Commonwealth born crooked that ever became straight. –James HarringtonContrary to appearances, I don't regret reading this. True, it took forever, but th [...]

    9. "En radikal devrimci bile devrimin ertesi günü muhafazakar olacak."“Devrimler daima, başlangıç aşamalarında hayret verici bir kolaylıkla başarılı olurlar; çünkü devrimleri başlatanların yaptığı, düpedüz dağılma içindeki bir rejimin iktidarını toplamaktan ibarettir. Devrimler, asla siyasal otoritenin çöküşünün sebepleri değil, aksine sonuçlarıdır.”“Kendini kandırma ve iktidar dürtüsü, profesyonel devrimcileri halkın devrimci organlarına düşman ede [...]

    10. (Li em português - Hannah Arendt - Sobre a Revolução) O livro não é exatamente o que eu esperava (talvez eu esperasse uma abordagem mais "romântica" da revolução), ele aborda o tema da revolução principalmente a partir da Revolução Francesa e da Revolução Americana, mas achei bem legal. Recomendo muito o último capítulo, que é a parte que achei mais interessante no livro, com uma diferenciação legal sobre o sistema de conselhos e o sistema de partidos e como o cidadão é repr [...]

    11. This is mostly a comparative study of the American and French revolutions, and Arendt tries to discern the reasons why the former succeded and the latter didn't (the Russian revolutions are seen as essentially recapitulating the failures of the French model). The ideas of the Founding Fathers are compared with what they claimed to be their classical inspirations, and divergences pointed out. In view of the recent breakdown of confidence between Congress and the President it is possible that the [...]

    12. This book is about the American and French Revolutions of the XVIIIth century , always with an eye on the Ancient Greeks and the Roman Republic . The Russian Revolution appears once in a while , but only once in a while . The main characters are : John Adams , Thomas Jefferson , Montesquieu , Rousseau , Robespierre , and fellows . The book is full of quotes and notes , and the quotes of John Adams are the best ones . Adams was the second president of USA . I don't know his writings , but looking [...]

    13. I really enjoy Arendt's writing - accessible, thorough, and incredibly in-depth. My only complaint about this book is that it focuses specifically on the US and French revolutions to the point of exclusivity, and I think that many of the points that she makes in comparing the two could have been well-served by exploring other revolutions like Russia, China, and Cuba. In this sense it's a bit unnecessarily Cartesian in tone, which saddens me as Arendt is certainly capable of comparing and contras [...]

    14. "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 su [...]

    15. The style makes it a bit of a slog tbh. As to the ideas, they're interesting. I've never known much about the American revolution and my knowledge of the French revolution from my obsession with it in highschool has faded but I feel that a lot of the broad strokes that she makes aren't quite right, and that it would be a better book if it the comparisons between French and American revolutions were less abstract.

    16. It is a must read for all Leftist, and especially Anarchists. I am so happy I read this. I need to read more by her. It gives so much more depth to thoughts I've already thought. Way more depth. It also sheds light on organizations and I found it interesting to apply the ideas to the establishing of authority and community ethics at Apro. It is making me think politically in a new way, and I'm grateful to have read this in South Africa right around election time 15 years post-liberation.

    17. Arendt argues that the American revolution is not sufficiently understood, and that contemporary events are all too often styled after the french revolution which was a failure. Arendt believes the American revolution was a success because it established political, rather than social, equality in America.

    18. I'd call this a good comparison of the French and American revolutions as well as analysis of why the latter was a far greater influence in future revolutions than the former. Arendt does have profound things to say about hypocrisy as a political sin and a human psychological necessity and the nature and origin of revolution in the modern sense of the word but I felt she went more off base with her praise of the American political system versus the more multi-party systems of continental Europea [...]

    19. In On Revolution, one of her finest and most important works, Hannah Arendt focusses with wonderful attention on the American and French revolutions, arguing with great clarity that the former was a success and the latter a failure.In relation to the American Revolution, Arendt claims that its success came from the fact that it was a "political revolution" concerned with creating a strong and stable state, whilst the French Revolution that arose soon after was, in stark contrast, a primarily "so [...]

    20. Hannah Arendt celebró sin reservas a la democracia Americana como el propio lugar de invención de la política moderna. La idea central de la Revolución Americana, sostuvo, es el establecimiento de la libertad, o, en verdad, la fundación de un cuerpo político que garantice el espacio donde pueda operar la libertad. Arendt acentuó el establecimiento de esta democracia en la sociedad, es decir, la fijeza de sus cimientos y la estabilidad de su funcionamiento. La revolución tiene éxito, seg [...]

    21. This is an excellent meditation on the meaning, possibilities and consequences of modern revolutions. It is also Arendt further working out her political philosophy, begun in The Human Condition, in a more concrete context.I think she's probably right in her general assessment of the French and American Revolutions. However I found her imperative to maintain a strict division between the private affairs of the household and the political or public realm to be problematic. The boundaries of these [...]

    22. How come this isn't one of the most influential books of 20th century is a mystery to me. It deals with two major political events of modern time and tries to put them in modern perspective. Every political issue of our time can be traced back to those as Arendt diligently describes. For the beginning is thought to be more than half of the whole, as old adage quoted by Aristotle says. This is no small feat and this work should be very important for society movements that awaits us. Style is very [...]

    23. Hanna Arendt is one of the more brilliant minds of the last century. Her historical and insightful breakdown of the revolutions of the world is prodigious. Describing the merits and flaws of the Russian, French, and American revolutions, she discusses the sociopolitical nature of the revolutionary process, it's lamentable link to violence, briefly shares her hope of severing revolutionary thought with violent action, and in layman's terms at the end of the book, she describes the fundamental pri [...]

    24. I've forgotten all but the basics on the American Revolution and know very little about the French Revolution, so am not well qualified for a critical review of Arendt's theory. I will say that this is a book of many profound ideas that will persist in the way I think about government and philosophy. These include, working with more precise definitions of power, authority and violence as well as considering the distinction between political freedom and civil liberties. Arendt has moments of pith [...]

    25. Arendt answers the question: Why did the American Revolution succeed while the French Revolution led to the Reign of Terror and the despotism of Napoleon? with the thoroughness and patience of a monument builder. She searches as far back as Plato for rationales, then studies Macchiavelli, Hobbes, Montesquieu, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, Robespierre, Burke, Tocqueville, and Marx for insight.I recommend reading it for anyone who has an interest in reading Madison, Jefferson and Adams. And [...]

    26. reading this book as the latest shanghai bookclub assignment. disappointed, because i don't see what point arendt tries to make. sure she has a brilliant intellect, but i miss the message. i happen to be recommended another read, almost at the same time: the mindfulness revolution. perhaps this is also an expression of my personal state of mind, but i feel that the message of this book does make much more sense: man does not improve by violently changing the masses but by peacefully changing him [...]

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