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Persecution & toleration : the long road to religious freedom

Author: Noel D Johnson; Mark Koyama
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Cambridge studies in economics, choice, and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and championed by politicians and thinkers across the political spectrum, it is to many an absolute value, something beyond question. Yet how it emerged, and why, remains widely misunderstood. Tracing the history of religious persecution from the Fall of Rome to the present-day, [the authors] provide an...explanation of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noel D Johnson; Mark Koyama
ISBN: 9781108425025 110842502X 9781108441162 1108441165
OCLC Number: 1050457338
Description: xiv, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Toleration, persecution, and state capacity --
Religion and the state in the premodern world --
Why do states persecute? --
Jewish communities, conditional toleration, and rent-seeking --
Climatic shocks and persecutions --
The shock of the Black Death --
State building and the Reformation --
The Inquisition and the establishment of religious homogeneity in Spain --
From confessionalization to toleration and then to religious liberty --
From persecution to emancipation --
The persecution of witchcraft --
Religious minorities and economic growth --
The emergence of modern states, religious freedom, and modern economic growth --
Applying our argument to the rest of the world --
Modern states, liberalism, and religious freedom --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in economics, choice, and society.
Other Titles: Persecution and toleration
Responsibility: Noel D. Johnson (George Mason University, Virginia), Mark Koyama (George Mason University, Virginia).

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The emergence of religious liberty in the West is one of the most important developments in modern history. This book treats the subject in an integrative way, borrowing tools from economics,  Read more...

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