Sacred Causes The Clash of Religion and Politics, from the Great War to the War on Terror

ISBN-10: 0060580968
ISBN-13: 9780060580964
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Authors: Michael Burleigh
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Description: Beginning with the chaotic post-World War I landscape, in which religious belief was one way of reordering a world knocked off its axis, "Sacred Causes" is a penetrating critique of how religion has often been camouflaged by politics. All the bloody  More...

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List price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Beginning with the chaotic post-World War I landscape, in which religious belief was one way of reordering a world knocked off its axis, "Sacred Causes" is a penetrating critique of how religion has often been camouflaged by politics. All the bloody regimes and movements of the twentieth century are masterfully captured here, from Stalin's Soviet Union, Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, and Franco's Spain through to the modern scourge of terrorism. Eloquently and persuasively combining an authoritative survey of history with a timely reminder of the dangers of radical secularism, Burleigh asks why no one foresaw the religious implications of massive Third World immigration, and he deftly investigates what are now driving calls for a civic religion to counter the terrorist threats that have so shocked the West.

Michael Burleigh, as of the fall of 2000, is a professor of history at Washington and Lee University. He is the author of six previous books on Germany, including Death and Deliverance and Ethics and Extermination.

Preface
'Distress of Nations and Perplexity': Europe after the Great War
The Totalitarian Political Religions
The Churches in the Age of Dictators
Apocalypse 1939-1945
Resistance, Christian Democracy and the Cold War
The Road to Unfreedom: The Imposition of Communism after 1945
Time of the Toy Trumpets
'The Curse of Ulster': The Northern Ireland Troubles c. 1968-2005
'We Want God, We Want God': The Churches and the Collapse of European Marxist-Leninism 1970-1990
Cubes, Domes and Death Cults: Europe after 9/11
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