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The house of Europe reshaped, 29 Aug 2008
Diarmaid MacCulloch has produced a masterful and magisterial history of a period that is usually called the "Reformation" but which, as MacCulloch demonstrates, transcends simplistic notions of Catholicism and Protestantism. In the space of 250 years, not only Europe, but also the world as a whole were reshaped through a series of social and political convulsions in which religion played a central role. MacCulloch successfully manages to combine historical and geographical approaches that show how the main players were related to what went before as well as other actors.