Totalitarianism as a concept has made something of a comeback in recent years.
Ernest Gellner, who died on 5 November 1995, was one of the great polymaths of the century. Many of his twenty books were concerned with philosophy, sociology and anthropology. Yet at the core of his work was an historical question.
Russell, Conrad Sebastian Robert, Fifth Earl Russell (1937–2004)
One could perhaps argue that, so far as the popular academic imagination is concerned, America has never had much of a reputation so far as historical theory goes.