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Michael Burleigh

Sacred Causes

Michael Burleigh Sacred Causes The Clash Of Religion And Politics From The Grea
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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 20th century are masterfully captured here, from Stalin's Soviet Union, Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, and Franco's Spain to the war on terror. With style and sophistication, Michael Burleigh shows how the churches, in their various guises, have been swayed by–and contributed to–conflicting secular currents. Sacred Causes brilliantly exposes the way in which fears of socialist movements tempered the churches' response to the threat of totalitarian regimes.

Burleigh combines an authoritative survey of history with a timely reminder of the dangers of radical secularism. He asks why no one foresaw the religious implications of massive Third World immigration. And he deftly investigates what is now driving calls for a civic religion to counter the terrorist threats that have so shocked the West.

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“A clever, honest and often funny analysis of the confrontation throughout the 20th century between religion and politics.”

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“A fascinating chronicle.”

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“A magnificent history of the 20th century. . . . A terrifically entertaining book.”

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“Beautifully written, fearlessly outspoken, full of superb portraits of heroes and monsters, Sacred Causes is an exuberant tour-de-force.”

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“Brilliant. . . . A powerful indictment of our uneasy times.”

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“Burleigh has a talent, reminiscent of Paul Johnson, for digging up long-forgotten historical episodes.”

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“Burleigh’s book is epic in its range…refreshingly unjudgemental. . . . This brilliant book proves that history has no end.”

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“Burleigh’s study of secular hubris may well be judged to be the most significant work of history published this decade.”

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“Compelling. . . . For all his acerbity, this author remains a humane presence throughout his book.”

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“Dazzling. . . . A rewarding example of intellectual history.”

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“History is rarely rendered in such thrilling breadth, with such wit or with such terrible topicality.”

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“Impressive. . . . Burleigh’s book deserves the widest possible readership.”

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“It is a tribute to Mr. Burleigh’s intellectual passion that . . . he manages to challenge and enlighten.”

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“Michael Burleigh writes well about the woolly, messianic religiosity of Nazism in particular.”

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“Michael Burleigh’s Sacred Causes is one of the most important books of the decade.”

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“Sacred Causes is most useful where it uncovers the hidden roots of 20th-century totalitarianism.”

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“Wonderful. . . . Sacred Causes is a challenging history book with the power to scandalise its readers.”

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