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Worlds at war : the 2,500-year struggle between East and West
Pagden, Anthony.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2008]

Physical Description:
xxv, 625 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Spanning two and a half millennia, historian Pagden delves deep into the roots of the "clash of civilizations" between East and West that has always been a battle over ideas, and whose issues have never been more urgent. He begins in the ancient world, where Greece saw its fight against the Persian Empire as one between freedom and slavery, between monarchy and democracy. From there the story sweeps to Rome, which created the modern concepts of citizenship and the rule of law. Pagden dramatizes the birth of Christianity in the East and its use in the West as an instrument of government, setting the stage for a global battle of the secular against the sacred. Then Islam, at first ridiculed in Christian Europe, drives Pope Urban II to launch the Crusades, which transform the relationship between East and West into one of competing religious beliefs.--From publisher description.
Perpetual enmity -- In the shadow of Alexander -- A world of citizens -- The Church triumphant -- The coming of Islam -- Houses of war -- The present terror of the world -- Science ascendant -- Enlightened Orientalism -- The Muhammad of the West -- The eastward course of empire -- Epilogue: Towards the future.
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