The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization

The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization

Teofilo F. Ruiz

This publication displays on Western humanity's efforts to flee from background and its terrors--from the existential and ordinary mess ups to the unending succession of wars and different man-made catastrophes. Drawing on ancient episodes starting from antiquity to the new earlier, and mixing them with literary examples and private reflections, Teofilo Ruiz explores the embody of non secular stories, the pursuit of worldly good fortune and pleasures, and the search for good looks and information as 3 basic responses to the person and collective nightmares of background. the result's a profound meditation on how women and men in Western society sought (and nonetheless search) to make which means of the realm and its worrying history.

In chapters that variety greatly throughout Western background and tradition, The Terror of History takes up faith, the fabric global, and the realm of paintings and data. "Religion and the realm to return" examines orthodox and heterodox types of spirituality, apocalyptic activities, mysticism, supernatural ideals, and plenty of kinds of esotericism, together with magic, alchemy, astrology, and witchcraft. "The global of topic and the Senses" considers fabric riches, fairs and carnivals, activities, intercourse, and utopian groups. ultimately, "The entice of good looks and data" appears at cultural productions of all kinds, from paintings to scholarship.

Combining outstanding historic breadth with a private and available narrative kind, The Terror of History is a relocating testimony to the awfully diversified methods people have sought to deal with their scary history.

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