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

 
 
 
 
Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War
Author: Michael Burleigh
ISBN 13: 9780060580940
ISBN 10: 60580941
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2007-02-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
List Price: $16.95
 
 

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.

The New York Times - Mark Lilla

… even in the United States we are witnessing the instrumentalization of religion by those who evidently care less about our souls, or even their own, than about reversing the flow of American history since the "apocalypse" of the 60's. Michael Burleigh's book shows how difficult it was for Europe to cope with both these challenges as recently as the 19th century. It is no easier for us today.