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Paradise: A History of the Idea that Rules the World

 
 
Author
Kevin Rushby.
Publisher Robinson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781845294847
Pages/Publication Date 272/2007
Daedalus Item Code 51104
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The paradise myth has been one of the most powerful motivators in human history, from the Assassins of 12th-century Persia to the Puritan founders of America. The hope for an earthly paradise drives humanity onwards, pressing for change and offering salvation, yet it also comes attached to such religious beliefs as the end of days and martyrdom. Kevin Rushby traces the belief in paradise from its earliest origins down to the present day, taking in a vast array of characters, particularly from within Christian and Islamic cultures—a story that includes the delights of the botanical gardens and utopian dreams of 17th-century Europe and also the Holocaust and the atrocities of modern-day religious extremism.
 
 
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