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In this book, pivotal to all his historical insights, Belloc answers the question: What made Europe? He shows it was not the barbarians nor the Protestant Reformation, but the Catholic Faith that made Europe (and the worldwide civilization produced by Europe). Protestantism gravely wounded this our civilization, and only the Catholic Faith can rejuvenate it. It must return ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published October 3rd 1992 by TAN Books
(first published 1920)
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This is a good book. I generally agree with Belloc's idea, that the Roman Empire didn't fall, it was just transformed into the Roman Catholic Church, and that the Reformation was a bad thing--Belloc calls it a disaster. But the study of history and especially archaeology have progressed since 1920, so there are some things Belloc can't take into account. He minimizes the barbarian incursions into Europe, for example. While this is done by more modern historians, I think Belloc overstates his cas ...more
If the reader isn't catholic I don't think they will be convinced of the author's views but I think every reader- be they catholic or not- will appreciate learning to see how a European catholic would view their own region's history. A useful easy read, especially for those who live in a culture with a non or anti catholic view of history. However it is a very sweeping and generalized history so if the reader has a specific question about Catholic history or is short on time I would recommend it ...more
Very interesting viewpoint. Starts pretty good and then devolves into... I'm not sure what, but definitely more of a rant against the Bible's sufficiency, against capitalism and a defense of feudalism and the Renaissance as the height of human civilization. The Renaissance was pro-christian and the Reformation a return to barbarism? I need to find out if this book was written in response to another treatise and read that. perhaps that would give better context to the case, though there is no rec ...more
The book takes a rather sweeping look at history. He goes through each period selecting certain things to help make his point. He desires for brevity as opposed to unnecessary depth. As for a history book, it would work well in a Western Civ course, especially for those in a home school situation. If I were a parent, I would give this to my child as supplementary reading because it corrects so much erroneous thoughts and assumptions regarding European history.
Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his ...moreMore about Hilaire Belloc...