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Earthly Powers


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/ Lead title A major work setting out the inextricable link between politics and religion over the past two centuries, from the French Revolution to the present day's War on Terror. / A compelling study of the relationship between religion and politics in Europe. / Michael Burleigh's 'The Third Reich' remains the definitive work on Nazi Germany and won the Samuel Johnson Prize. / 'The Third Reich' sold 60,000 copies in the UK. /The hardback was chosen by seven newspapers as one of their Books of the Year.

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Michael Burleigh is Distinguished Research Professor in Modern History at Cardiff University. He is the author of seven well-received books, including 'The Third Reich', for which he was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001.


'Stimulating!fascinating and beautifully produced with superb colour illustrations and rich footnotes!Burleigh has written a thought-provoking, deeply civilised book.' Independent '"Earthly Powers" can only cement Michael Burleigh's reputation as one of the leading historians of our time. It is a brilliantly wide-ranging and profoundly rewarding treatment of the part that religious instinct has played in the history of modern Europe.' Independent on Sunday 'A good history book is one that makes old, familiar landscapes seem new and unfamiliar. Historians who can do this are rare, but Michael Burleigh's "Earthly Powers" proves that he is one of them!Everybody who reads "Earthly Powers" will be grateful that Burleigh has put religion back into the history of politics.' Sunday Times 'Remarkable!the sheer volume of information presented here is startling and thrilling.' Observer 'An enormous and hugely ambitious subject!Michael Burleigh soars masterfully!across its wide horizons!scintillating.' BBC History Magazine Praise for 'The Third Reich': 'This is writing of the highest order. One can barely envisage a contemporary work of history more lucid, more penetrating or painted onto a broader canvas.' Financial Times 'Astonishing and awe-inspiring. A breathtaking achievement, at once broader and deeper than any other single volume ever published on the subject. It is the product of authentic historical genius.' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times 'This is a monumental book, a tour de force.' Richard Overy, Sunday Telegraph 'Burleigh calls his work "a new history" and for once that claim is fully justified. An original work in which narrative history, rigorous analytic explanation and unblinking intellectual moral judgement are united with compelling originality.' Michael Andre Bernstein, Los Angeles Times 'Michael Burleigh has produced a modern classic. This book is a masterwork.' Washington Times 'His narrative is eminently accessible, the formidable learning lightly worn, the canvas immense, unpretentious and humane.' Times Literary Supplement

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