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Politics as religion

Author: Emilio Gentile
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emilio Gentile, an internationally renowned authority on fascism and totalitarianism, argues that politics over the past two centuries has often taken on the features of religion, claiming as its own the prerogative of defining the fundamental purpose and meaning of human life. Secular political entities such as the nation, the state, race, class, and the party became the focus of myths, rituals, and commandments
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emilio Gentile
ISBN: 0691113939 9780691113937
OCLC Number: 61362826
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Notes: "First published in Italian under the title Le religioni della politica: fra democrazie e totalitarismi"--Title page verso.
Translated from the Italian.
Description: xxiii, 168 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Sacralization of Politics --
A Never-Never Religion, A Substitute for Religion, or a New Religion? --
Civil Religions and Political Religions: From Democratic Revolutions to Totalitarian States --
The Leviathan as a Church: Totalitarianism and Political Religion --
The Invasion of the Idols: Christians against Totalitarian Religions --
Toward the Third Millennium: The Sacralization of Politics in States both New and Old --
Religions of Politics: Definitions, Distinctions, and Qualifications.
Other Titles: Religioni della politica.
Responsibility: Emilio Gentile ; translated by George Staunton.
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