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Arendt, Eichmann and the Politics of the Past (2021)

Parvikko, T. (2021). Arendt, Eichmann and the Politics of the Past. Helsinki University Press. Pro et Contra, 2. https://doi.org/10.33134/pro-et-contra-2

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All authors or editors: Parvikko, Tuija

ISBN: 978-952-369-070-7

eISBN: 978-952-369-071-4

Journal or series: Pro et Contra

ISSN: 2736-8513

eISSN: 2736-9129

Publication year: 2021

Number in series: 2

Number of pages in the book: 277

Publisher: Helsinki University Press

Place of Publication: Helsinki

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/pro-et-contra-2

Persistent website address: https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv26qjj8x

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79057

Additional information: Originally published in 2008 by the Finnish Political Science Association. The full text of this book was peer reviewed in 2008, when the book was first published. The new Prologue ‘On Recent Interpretations of Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem’ has been peer reviewed prior to publication.


Arendt, Eichmann and the Politics of the Past offers a critical analysis of the original American debate over Hannah Arendt’s report of the trial of Adolf Eichmann. First published in 2008, Tuija Parvikko’s book discusses both the campaign against Arendt organised by American Zionist organisations and the controversy Arendt’s report caused within American Jewish intellectual circles. Parvikko’s analysis carefully draws from the historical background of the report, discussing Arendt’s early studies of Zionism and her critique of the Jewish state. The volume also gives an account of Eichmann’s capture in Argentina and the reception of the report among legal scholars and the world press.

This edition includes a new prologue in which Parvikko reflects on her own account in connection to recent academic discussions on the controversy. The author’s analysis also covers contributions that have attempted to follow Arendt’s notion of thinking without banisters. With them, Parvikko engages in debate about going beyond Arendt’s theoretical reflections on cohabitation, sharing the world, and discussing the new political evils of the present world without pregiven norms and patterns of thought.

Keywords: past; politics; history politics; trial (legal proceedings); victimology; zionism; philosophers; social theories

Free keywords: Arendt, Hannah; Eichmann, Adolf; politics of the past; Eichmann trila; political judgment; Zionism

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