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on 25 December 2013
A funny little book which is interesting to a point, but which seems to me to be too deterministic in its overall viewpoint. Although it is interesting to see that a number of themes have arisen in different religions in response to particular external influences, one finds quite often phrases such as "the christians reacted to this external threat by ...." or "Catholics needed to persecute Jews because.."

In fact one thing that any history nowadays must do is stop telling us that there was any degree of coherence in the decision making process of a movement composed of general "thought". A village might vote to do something, or an orthodoxy might publish something - but beyond that, these social histories need to be just that - histories of general economic and social pressures - not histroy in the form that "roundheads were right but boring and cavaliers were wrong but romantic".Therefore, this book could do better.
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