Earthly Powers

Earthly Powers

The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, From the French Revolution to the Great War

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In this masterful, stylish, and authoritative book, Michael Burleigh gives us an epic history of the battles over religion in modern Europe, examining the complex and often lethal ways in which politics and religion have interacted and influenced each other over the last two centuries. From the French Revolution to the totalitarian movements of the twentieth century, Earthly Powers is a uniquely powerful portrait of one of the great tensions of modern history--one that continues to be played out on the world stage today.

Publisher: Harper Perennial,
ISBN: 9780060580940
Branch Call Number: ANF 322.1094 BURL
Characteristics: 529 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Mar 13, 2018

fascinating insight, but not an easy read (a scholarly style), and you must be familiar with modern European history too

Jun 20, 2017

The book's subtitle is misleading: its mainly focussed on Britain and France, with some regard to Germany (Prussia), and even less to Imperial Russia. The writing on the whole is drier than most, but not dry enough to be 'academic' in the pejorative sense. The introductory chapter, and chapter six (which includes a brief profile of a French intellectual who shot himself in the head... seven times! (and survived!!), and other eccentrics) were the most enjoyable. Religions and religious ideologies of many sorts are described in content and with respect to social support aspects, and the conflicts between them. Long notes section and bibliography.

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