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Moral purity and persecution in history

Author: Barrington Moore
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Moore takes up tools of historical comparison to investigate why groups of people kill and torture each other. His answer is arrestingly simple: people persecute those whom they perceive as polluting due to their "impure" religious, political, or economic ideas." "Moore's provocative conclusion is that monotheism - with its monopoly on virtue and failure to provide supernatural scapegoats - is responsible for some  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barrington Moore
ISBN: 0691049203 9780691049205
OCLC Number: 42643496
Description: xvi, 158 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Moral purity and impurity in the Old Testament --
Purity in the religious conflicts of sixteenth-century France --
Purity as a revolutionary concept in the French Revolution --
Notes on purity and pollution in Asiatic civilizations.
Responsibility: Barrington Moore, Jr.
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Investigates why groups of people kill and torture each other. This book argues that religious authorities seeking to distinguish the ancient Hebrews from competing groups invented, along with  Read more...


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Highly original and thought-provoking. -- Polymeris Voglis History: Journal of the Historical Association

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