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The great and holy war : how World War I became a religious crusade / Philip Jenkins.

Author/Creator:
Jenkins, Philip, 1952-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
vi, 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subjects:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Religious aspects.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Nationalism -- Religious aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Nationalism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History -- 20th century.
Messianism.
Eschatology.
Summary:
This work 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, the author, a historian reveals the powerful religious dimensions of this modern-day crusade, a period that marked a traumatic crisis for Western civilization, 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. The author 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, the author creates a powerful and persuasive narrative that brings together global politics, history, and spiritual crisis and shows how religion informed and motivated circumstances on all sides of the war.
Contents:
From angels to Armageddon
The Great War : the Age of Massacre
God's war : Christian nations, holy warfare, and the kingdom of God
Witnesses for Christ : cosmic war, sacrifice and martyrdom
The ways of God : faith, heresy and superstition
The War of the End of the World : visions of the last days
Armageddon : dreams of apocalypse in the War's savage last year
The sleep of religion : Europe's crisis and the rise of secular messiahs
Ruins of Christendom : reconstructing Christian faith at the end of the age
A new Zion : the crisis of European Judaism and the vision of a new world
Those from below : the spiritual liberation of the world's subject peoples
Genocide : the destruction of the oldest Christian world
African prophets : how new churches and new hopes arose outside Europe
Without a caliph : the Muslim quest for a Godly political order.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [383]-417) and index.
ISBN:
9780062105097 (hardback) :
0062105094 (hardback)
9780062105141 (pbk)
0062105140 (pbk)
OCLC:
864366209
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