Edition: 2008
Pages: 288
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842087243

God’s Democracy. American religion in the age of the empire and of terror

Emilio Gentile


Praeger (USA)



“The United States became the greatest imperial power in history with the conviction of having been chosen by God to redeem humanity. Now that Bush’s era is drawing to a close, Emilio Gentile is certain of one thing: republican or democrat, the new American president will continue to officiate the traditional cult of the nation, by safeguarding global ‘well being’. Gentile, historian of the various forms of modern nationalism, steps into the flow of present history with a rigorous and balanced pen.” Alessandro Casellato “God’s Democracy is a detailed survey in which Emilio Gentile puts the finely honed tools of political commentator and historian to excellent use.” Antonio Calabrò “There is no book in any language that is better suited to understanding the role of religion in US politics. A tour de force!” Mark Silk, Trinity College, Hartford (CT)

The author

Emilio Gentile

Emilio Gentile is an historian of international renown, he is emeritus professor at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He received the Hans Sigrist Prize at the University of Berna for his studies on the religions of politics. Among his main works published by Laterza, often reprinted and translated all over the world: The Cult of the Lictor: the sacralisation of politics in fascist Italy; Politics as religion; Fascism: History and interpretation; Fascism in three chapters; God’s democracy: American religion after September 11 (Burzio Prize); Stone fascism; Two gunshots, ten million dead, the end of a world; The March on Rome and Fascism in Power; The leader and the Crowd; “In a democracy people are always sovreign” False!.

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