ORIENTAL DESPOTISM: A Comparative Study of Total Power. By KARL A. WITT- . FOGEL. xix If so, Wittfogel’s “Oriental Despotism” will not find many compe-. Review: “Oriental Despotism, A Comparative Study of Total Power.” By Karl A. Wittfogel. Yale University Press, New Haven, , $ Download Citation on ResearchGate | Karl August Wittfogel – Oriental Despotism | Wittfogel is best known for his monumental work Oriental Despotism: A.

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Wittfogel also published a theoretical essay on proletarian theatre: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Topics wittfogel oriental roiental total power totalitarianism. Such a state would inevitably be despotic, powerful, stable and wealthy. At a Leningrad conference inall those ideas of an “asiatic” “mode of production” were shot down and buried by karll Stalinist majority. Irrigation and flood control, as well as roads, defense systems, palaces and tombs, are government enterprises demanding commandeered labor.

In his view, many societies, mainly in Asia, relied heavily on the building of large-scale irrigation works. Britannica does not currently have an article on this topic.

Later Wittfogel wrote under the pseudonym “Jungmann” am account of youth movements in Max Horkheimer ‘s compilation “Studies in Authority and the Family. Buckmiller says not only because W. In a short notice to a reprint of his essay on Political Geography, Wittfogel says he came out much stronger against the Nazis than the KPD and Komintern line wanted.

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Karl August Wittfogel

Wittfogel’s review was published in Die Welt am Abendon Dec. He studied philosophy, history, sociology, geography at Leipzig University and also in Munich, Berlin and Rostock and in again in Berlin. Retrieved from ” https: Wittfogel believed this hydraulic hypothesis applied to Russia under the Soviet Union. This required a large and complex bureaucracy staffed by competent and literate officials.

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German-American playwrighthistorianand sinologist. No one, and least of all a Marxist, will deny that irrigation may be an important and, under certain circumstances, the most important factor in determining the mode of production and the character of political control. The whole sorry mess was rekindled in the s as the Brecht -Lukacs debate.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. A Comparative Study of Total Power, first published in He left Germany for England and then the United States.

He died of pneumonia on May 25, at St.

Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. Then East German dissident Rudolf Bahro later said that his Alternative in Eastern Europe was based on ideas of Wittfogel, but because of the latter’s later anti-communism, Wittfogel could not be mentioned by name.


And the agro-managerial despot does indeed possess such means. Wittfogel’s second wife was the sociologist Olga Joffe Langa Desootism sociologist who traveled with him to China and collaborated with him on a project to analyze the Chinese family.

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Originally a Marxist and an active member of the Communist Party of Germanyafter the Second World War Wittfogel was an equally fierce anti-communist. The sinologist Frederick W. This structure was uniquely placed to also crush civil society and any other force capable of mobilizing against the state. Yale University Press, Read More systematic organization theory In history of the organization of work: Mit dem satirischen Teil Die Pleitevol.

It is no longer a specific skin color but a specific Asiatic institution, and the way of life stemming therefrom, which imperils Western civilization.

John Heartfield managed a half-hour late delivery of the backdrop, Erwin PiscatorDas politische Theater [new edition], Hamburg,S. Wittfogel believed that the development of irrigation projects in… Read More.

The Proletarian Theatre bill I.