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The Political History of the Devil (AMS Studies in the Eighteenth-Century) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 605 pages
  • Publisher: AMS Press; The Stoke Newington Daniel Defoe Ed edition (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 040463544X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0404635442
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
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From the Back Cover

Irreverent and ironic, this 1726 satire by the author of Robinson Crusoe examines the evolution of evil and the rise of the historical force known as "the devil." Daniel Defoe's passionate and perceptive survey starts with Satan's origins, chronicling the devil's presence in the Bible and his growing sway over humanity. An overview of satanic influences on eighteenth-century life follows, focusing on monarchs and tyrants as well as common folk. Defoe supports his arguments not only with extensive quotes from scripture but also with citations from other sources, including Milton's Paradise Lost.
Written at the dawn of the Enlightenment, this treatise recaptures a moment in time when widespread certainty of the devil's existence was dwindling. Defoe, a firm believer, posits that the devil reacted to the changing times by shifting his influence from the supernatural realm of witches and wizards to the ordinary world of "beaus, beauties, wits, and fools." This intriguing view of politics and society during the 1700s offers a vivid contemporary portrait of a culture torn between theology and reason.
Dover (2016) republication of the edition originally printed for To Warner, London, 1726.
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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

After exploring several careers ― as a merchant, manufacturer, insurer, and spy ― Daniel Defoe found his true calling. A prolific writer who published over 500 novels, travel guides, pamphlets, and journals on subjects from economics to the supernatural, Defoe achieved immortality with his 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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