Earthly Powers

Earthly Powers

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

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


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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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