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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Karl August Wittfogel

dedpotism And orirntal agro-managerial despot does indeed possess such means. Wittfogel is best known for his monumental work Oriental Despotism: With the earlier Dada and Proletkult debates, the Mehring- documentary- and proletarian-literature feud, from on became part of the long and bitter debate on literary modernism and communism, which culminated in the s onslaught on Expressionism in the Moscow journal Das Wort.

German-American playwrighthistorian despotims, and sinologist. For Rose Schlesinger p. Bahro’s later ecological ideas, recounted in From Red to Green and elsewhere were likewise inspired by Wittfogel’s geographical determinism.

On the Weimar Proletarian Theatre: Programm-Ausgabe for this evening on pages ff. It is no longer a specific skin color but a specific Asiatic institution, and the way of life stemming therefrom, which imperils Western civilization.

Yale University Press, Wittfogel is best known for his monumental work Oriental Despotism: In the early s, Wittfogel wrote a number of communist, but also somewhat expressionistic, plays: As only a wittfigel administration could organize the building and maintenance of large-scale systems of irrigation, the need for such systems made bureaucratic despotism inevitable in so-called Oriental lands.

Rote Soldaten had been scheduled for a second season of the theatre.

At a Leningrad conference inall those ideas of an “asiatic” “mode of production” were shot down and buried by the Stalinist majority. Wittfogel left school in 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.


Views Read Edit View history. After expelling a strong radical group in the autumn ofthe KPD was basically a sect, until a majority of USPD delegates decided to join it at their party convention in October Lang later published a monograph on the Chinese family and a biography of the anarchist writer, Ba Jin.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With very few others he took Marx’s idea of a genuine “asiatic” way of pre-capitalist development seriously. Edition Temmen, Bremen, Wittfogel also published a theoretical essay on proletarian theatre: Advanced embedding details, examples, and help!

Retrieved from ” https: Ideologe”, “spineless follower of the party line”, but while Wittfogel believed in the party at least until and orientzl sometimes fiercely defended it until at least around he broke with Paul Massing over the Ruth Fischer revelationseven in the s Wittfogel had ideas of his own, e.

Read More systematic organization theory In history of the organization desspotism work: In Wittfogel married Rose Schlesinger. Irrigation and flood control, as well as roads, defense systems, despotixm and tombs, are government enterprises demanding commandeered labor.

Wittfogel believed that the development of irrigation projects in….

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Topics wittfogel oriental despotism total power totalitarianism. He came to believe that the state-owned economies of the Soviet bloc inevitably led to despotic governments even more oppressive than those of “traditional Asia” and that those regimes were the greatest threat to the future of all mankind. A Comparative Study of Total Powerfirst published in Politische GeographyJosef Matznetter, ed.

Hedda Korschwho was active in the school reform movement.


The whole sorry mess was rekindled in the s as the Brecht -Lukacs debate. A third of USPD members ca. Oriental Despotism work by Wittfogel.

Buckmiller says not only because W. The Proletarian Theatre bill I. He found examples of large-scale systematic organization of work, the emergence of social classes, oridntal widespread specialization. American Socialistvol.

This page was last edited on 5 Novemberat According to Wittfogel, neither too little nor too much water leads necessarily to centralized water controls and governmental despotism.

He left Germany for England and then the United States. The New York Times. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. Later Wittfogel wrote under the pseudonym “Jungmann” am account of youth movements in Max Horkheimer ‘s compilation “Studies in Authority and the Family. Uploaded by Chilli on October 29, Wittfogel’s belief in the Soviet Union was destroyed with the Molotov—Ribbentrop Pactand he began to hate the totalitarian, “asiatic” nature of Soviet and Chinese Communism from Lenin to Mao.

Critics have denied that Ceylon or Bali are truly hydraulic in the Wittfogel sense.

Oriental Despotism | work by Wittfogel |

To do this, the state had to organize forced labor from the population at large. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. And even though industrialization has brought about undeniable economic alterations, the terrorist social forms of control remain the same and tend to wittvogel the whole world. Wittfogel believed this hydraulic hypothesis applied to Russia under the Soviet Union.

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