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

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

by Michael Burleigh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060580968

ISBN-13: 9780060580964

Pub. Date: 03/11/2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060580964
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/11/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
1,131,672
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
'Distress of Nations and Perplexity': Europe after the Great War     1
The Totalitarian Political Religions     38
The Churches in the Age of Dictators     123
Apocalypse 1939-1945     214
Resistance, Christian Democracy and the Cold War     284
The Road to Unfreedom: The Imposition of Communism after 1945     319
Time of the Toy Trumpets     345
'The Curse of Ulster': The Northern Ireland Troubles c. 1968-2005     373
'We Want God, We Want God': The Churches and the Collapse of European Marxist-Leninism 1970-1990     415
Cubes, Domes and Death Cults: Europe after 9/11     450
Notes     485
Picture Credits     511
Select Bibliography     513
Index     535

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