Why the Nations Rage: Killing in the Name of God - Revised and Updated Edition

Why the Nations Rage: Killing in the Name of God - Revised and Updated Edition

by Christopher Catherwood
     
 

Concentrating primarily on the Balkans, historian Catherwood attempts to explain the general phenomena of religious nationalism. He surveys incidents in history when nationalism and religious motivations have mixed together in virulent and violent forms, often pausing to explore theoretical considerations for political science and history. This revised edition, in…  See more details below

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Concentrating primarily on the Balkans, historian Catherwood attempts to explain the general phenomena of religious nationalism. He surveys incidents in history when nationalism and religious motivations have mixed together in virulent and violent forms, often pausing to explore theoretical considerations for political science and history. This revised edition, in response to the September 11th attacks on the United States, incorporates discussion of Osama Bin Laden and his Islamist ideology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Concentrating primarily on the Balkans, historian Catherwood attempts to explain the general phenomena of religious nationalism. He surveys incidents in history when nationalism and religious motivations have mixed together in virulent and violent forms, often pausing to explore theoretical considerations for political science and history. This revised edition, in response to the September 11th attacks on the United States, incorporates discussion of Osama Bin Laden and his Islamist ideology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Catherwood's book is a good source for coming to grips with violent religion and its various causes. Catherwood's book is also shorter and easier to read than most of those on this topic.
E. J. Dionne Jr.
Catherwood helps us navigate the seas of meaning that make up identity politics and understand the dynamics that create the ersatz religions of Hitler, Stalin, and now 'sama bin Laden. Even those who disagree with Catherwood's answers will appreciate the way he asks the questions.
Akbar Ahmed
The events of September 11th and afterward have confirmed in many minds that a clash of civilizations is in process. It will be a dangerous and complicated world for all of us living in the twenty-first century. That is why those who speak for the dialogue of civilizations assume extraordinary significance. Why the Nations Rage is an excellent example of the dialogue of civilizations. It is an intelligent, scholarly, and yet humane analysis of the world we are living in. I strongly recommend it to all those interested in the major issues that have been thrust upon us after September 11th.
A. E. Dick Howard
Wrestling with problems of religious nationalism and ethnic conflict, we need the perspective that only history can provide. Christopher Catherwood provides just such insight in this crisp and thoughtful study. He gives us an admirably accessible guide, one that many will read with profit, as I have done. It could not be more timely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742500891
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2002
Edition description:
Revised, Update
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Christopher Catherwood is a historian, lecturer, and writer based in Cambridge, England. He wrote this book while a visiting scholar at Cambridge University's Centre of International Studies and a Rockefeller Resident Fellow at the Institute on Violence, Culture, and Survival, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the University of Virginia.

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