The Great and Holy War - Philip Jenkins

The Great and Holy War by Philip Jenkins offers the first look at how religion created and prolonged the First World War. At the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, historian Philip Jenkins reveals the powerful religious dimensions of this modern-day crusade, a period that marked a traumatic crisis for Western civilisation, with effects that echoed throughout the rest of the twentieth century. The war was fought by the world's leading Christian nations, who presented the conflict as a holy war. Thanks to the emergence of modern media, a steady stream of patriotic and militaristic rhetoric was given to an unprecedented audience, using language that spoke of holy war and crusade, of apocalypse and Armageddon. But this rhetoric was not mere state propaganda. Jenkins reveals how the widespread belief in angels and apparitions, visions and the supernatural was a driving force throughout the war and shaped all three of the major religions--Christianity, Judaism and Islam--paving the way for modern views of religion and violence. The disappointed hopes and moral compromises that followed the war also shaped the political climate of the rest of the century, giving rise to such phenomena as Nazism, totalitarianism, and communism.Connecting numerous remarkable incidents and characters--from Karl Barth to Carl Jung, the Christmas Truce to the Armenian Genocide--Jenkins creates a powerful and persuasive narrative that brings together global politics, history, and spiritual crisis as never before and shows how religion informed and motivated circumstances on all sides of the war.

Book Title: 

The Great and Holy War

Subtitle: 

How World War I became a religious crusade

Author: 

Jenkins, Philip

Publisher: 

HarperOne

Edition: 

First

Year Published: 

2014

Binding: 

Hard cover

ISBN: 

9780062105097

Pages: 

438

Condition: 

Remaindered, fine

Dimensions: 

23.1 × 16 × 4.3 cm

Book Weight: 

0.734 kg

Publisher's Price: 

R492.00

Price: 

R165.00

In Stock: 

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