1789 to 1914 was a time of momentous and often violent change religiously, socially, politically and economically in the western world. The revolutions in the churches and the powerful empires of the day were to have a profound effect upon society at large both then and in the years that followed. In this detailed yet fascinating study, Ian Shaw gives context and understanding to this legacy which has been passed on from that era by providing an expert analysis of the period with a focus on the key leaders, influences and issues.
Ian J. Shaw is the Director of Langham Scholarship programme in the UK.
... anyone who wants to understand the issues churches face today needs a clear understanding of the past, so serious readers besides students of history and church leaders will find this a satisfying and illuminating read.
"...capably and confidently charts the course of the western church through this era of upheaval and change. Shaw's grasp of primary and secondary sources is impressive, as is his ability to synthesize. This is history on the big scale and an excellent example of such."
"The period from 1789 to 1914 was the crucible in which the modern world was born. A time of revolution, upheaval, empire and war, it shaped Europe and thus the rest of the world. As a result, any understanding of the world today must be built on a clear grasp of what happened during this time. Ian Shaw is a first-rate historian and this is a first-rate book which should take its place as a standard account of the period."
"Clear, comprehensive, well-informed about the history of western churches, unusually perceptive about Christian developments elsewhere in the world, and throughout written in entirely accessible prose. Students and experienced readers should both welcome this most helpful volume."
"I have long been looking for a text that would help my students in Africa understand the double development of a post western Christianity as well as a post Christian west. With Ian Shaw's extraordinary book Churches, Revolutions and Empires, that search is over."
"I think this is a most impressive book. A book like this should become a standard work in the way that Alec Vidler's Church in an Age of Revolution used to be."
"The book is clear, well arranged and up-to-date in its absorption of recent research. It covers the full range of denominations across the globe, setting religion firmly in its socio-political context and so addressing central historical issues such as empire and national identity. It is likely to command a wide readership in universities, theological colleges, ministers' studies and private homes."
"Ian Shaw's book will give a sure and illuminating guide to these multiple processes of revolutionary change which began to redraw the contours of world Christianity."
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