Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology. Breathtaking in its range and. CROWDS AND POWER by. ELIAS CANETTI. Translated from the German by. Carol Stewart. NEW YORK. THE VIKING PRESS. I Other Continuum books by Elias Canetti. Audo-da-Fe. The Tongue Set Free Crowds. 2. Power (Social sciences) I. Title. HMC

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Elias brings in a whole range of topics such as panic, rhythm, crowds of people and their types, the dead, hunting packs, native Indians, religious wars, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Muharram, European nationalities, the destruction of the Xhosas, monkeys, epidemics, questions, c I thought this was amazing.

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There comes a moment when “all who belong to the crowd get rid of their difference and feel equal. There is no logical progression, just a meandering through ideas loosely related to the themes of crowds and power. Sep 23, Ryan Louis rated it really drowds it. If one approaches this work from the perspective of deeply involved humanness, as literature, rather than austere science with cut and dried methodology, one powef come away with a deeper, more comprehensive, and much more circumspect feeling and understanding for the human animal.

It feels cumbersome because of the vast logic he employs to outline his theories. Since late s he lived in London and Zurich. Though confusing at times–though his conclusions often require powrr leaps of faith–and in spite of the hordes of implicit arguments the reader must tweeze from the haystack, the book is quite profound.

The book is very exotic in its language, its examples, its leaps of reason, and once you absorb them it changes your worldview. Feb 06, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Preview — Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti. Elias Canetti, the Nobel Prize-winning author of this book, would be unhappy to learn that he’s now best known as Iris Murdoch’s one-time lover.


Crowds and Power

ane The Escape of Josephus. Feb 02, Rich rated it it was amazing. Others are less apparent but of very practical historical import. Geweldige zinnen, naar mijn smaak. Canetti schrijft adembenemend over massa’s en meutes, en over de vele verschillende vormen inclusief de biologische oervormenfuncties en verlokkingen daarvan. He goes on and on with his pointless classifications and anectodes about exotic, remote cultures and their barbaric ways, the style is tedious and hard to canetit, I really couldn’t find any idea of value and stopped after skimming about a quorter of the way through, at the chapter where Islam is the religion of war and Christianity that of lament, but there was crowda to learn about the exact characteristics, mostly flaws of course, of several nations, including “the jews”.

Some are obvious once stated: Among other things, Canetti’s wife used to greet Murdoch with a smile when she turned up for their trysts and then make lunch for all of them afterwards; as you can see, a cult leader kind of personality. Crowds and power Elias Canetti Snippet view – Elias Canetti was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in Mar 10, Crods rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving….

It is Canetti’s not uninformed view that “Hitler would never have come to power if the crowd of the army had not been prohibited by Versailles.

Ja, het is vreselijk maar het is waar: Thanks znd telling us about the problem. Interesting view of the behavior of crowds and leaders and how they interact and grow. Crowds oower Power is also something like Dr Johnson’s dictionary.

Zijn angels moeten tot pluisjes worden die men met een lichte beweging wegstrijkt”. Daarmee reageert hij uiteraard op de angstwekkende massa en macht- fenomenen die we leerden kennen in met name de Tweede Wereldoorlog, maar ook nog erna. Crowds and Power is a revolutionary work in which Elias Canetti finds a new way of looking at human history and psychology.


I had heard that he was the prototype of the diabolical Julius King in A Fairly Honourable Defeatand I’d also read various lurid accounts of their affair. Perhaps, to do justice to this erudite although perhaps eccentrically so scholar, we should all take him up again. Illustrati con ampi ampissim stralci di etologia — forse con sfumature enologiche – e antropologia, ma, francamente, a patto di non esser interessati alla vita particolareggiatamente descritta nei suoi momenti topici, di parecchi popoli primitivi e non ho detto selvaggi!

Most anf institutionalised, or ‘closed’, crowds, the primary issue of which is to prevent them becoming anything like a mob, which is ‘open’. It remains therefore suggestive, if not inspirational. But similar references in the Christian and Hebrew Bible are not quoted. To ask other readers questions about Crowds and Powerplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? En in elk bevel, ook zin zijn meest gedomesticeerde en milde vorm, is volgens Canetti nog de oervorm en biologische grond voelbaar waaruit het bevel ontstond: Even though I did not understand this book entirely, it made a considerable change in my way of thinking and looking at matters concerning not only crowds and power, but also other human activities and behaviors.

Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti

He enjoys this and consequentially asks more and more questions; every answer he receives is an act of submission. Its rambling, discursive style is somewhat disorienting.

One of the seminal books of the 20th century — a synthesis of anthropology, sociology, deep psychology, political science, and folklore as channeled by a brilliant Romanian Jew who witnessed the rise and fall of Hitler and Stalin. Religions ‘domesticate’ crowds through precisely controlled ritual. Paperbackpages.