Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 560 pages

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.

 

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In Earthly Powers, Michael Burleigh surveys the roughly 125 years indicated by the book's subtitle and describes the ongoing struggle between the secular, political powers and the several traditional ... Read full review

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I can't say I liked this one. It provides a good history of the century or so between the French Revolution and the Great War, but the tone of the book is often more judgmental than analytical ... Read full review

Contents

introduction
1
Age of Reason Age of Faith
23
The Church and the Revolution
48
Puritans Thinking They are Spartans Run Amok
67
The Alliance of Throne and Altar in Restoration
112
Political Messianism
144
Century of Faiths
199
New Men and Sacred Violence in Late
276
Church versus State
311
The Churches and Industrial Society
365
Apocalypse 1914
425
notes
461
select bibliography
487
picture credits
507
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Michael Burleigh is the author of Earthly Powers, Sacred Causes, and The Third Reich: A New History, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. He is married and lives in London.

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