How the Politicians Hijacked Religion; Books
Byline: NOEL MALCOLM
Earthly Powers: The Conflict Between Religion and Politics from the French Revolution to the Great War by Michael Burleigh (HarperCollins, [pounds sterling]25)
AFTER all the millions of words that have been written about Nazism, it must be hard to think of anything new to say; but Michael Burleigh managed it, five years ago, in his powerful book The Third Reich. His argument was that the only way to understand Nazism was as a "political religion" - a quasi-cult with its own Messiah (Hitler), its own Satan (the Jews) and, in the end, its very own Armageddon.
Elements of this had been said before, of course, but Burleigh was the first major historian to take …
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Publication information: Article title: How the Politicians Hijacked Religion; Books. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: October 3, 2005. Page number: 31. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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