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Fields Of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Title Fields of Blood
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date 2014-10-28
Category Religion
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780307401984
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the renowned and bestselling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September 11: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions. The comparative approach is new: while there have been plenty of books on jihad or the Crusades, this book lays the Christian and the Islamic way of war side by side, along with those of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism and Judaism. Each of these faiths arose in agrarian societies with plenty of motivation for violence: landowners had to lord it over peasants and warfare was essential to increase one's landholdings, the only real source of wealth before the great age of trade and commerce. In each context, it fell to the priestly class to legitimize the actions of the state. And so the martial ethos became bound up with the sacred. At the same time, however, their ideologies developed that ran counter to the warrior code: around sages, prophets and mystics. Within each tradition there grew up communities that represented a protest against the injustice and violence endemic to agrarian society. This book explores the symbiosis of these 2 impulses and its development as these confessional faiths came of age. The aggression of secularism has often damaged religion and pushed it into a violent mode. But modernity has also been spectacularly violent, and so Armstrong goes on to show how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence--and what hope there might be for peace among believers in our time.

Fields Of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Title Fields of Blood
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2014-10-28
Category History
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9780385353106
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism—in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred. In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name. Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different creeds in our time. At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong’s sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.

Fields Of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Title Fields of Blood
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2014-09-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9781446467718
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is the most persistent myth of our time: religion is the cause of all violence. But history suggests otherwise. Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to disprove the link between religion and bloodshed. * Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. * The West today has a warped concept of religion: we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people’s entire outlook on life, and often been inseparable from politics. * Humans undoubtedly have a natural propensity for aggression: the founders of the largest religions – Jesus, Buddha, the rabbis of early Judaism, the prophet Muhammad – aimed to curb violence and build a more peaceful and just society, but with our growing greed for money and wealth came collective violence and warfare. * With the arrival of the modern all-powerful, secular state humanity’s destructive potential has begun to spiral out of control. Is humanity on the brink of destroying itself? Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Fields Of Blood by Karen Armstrong

Title Fields of Blood
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date 2014-10-28
Category Religion
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780307401984
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the renowned and bestselling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September 11: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions. The comparative approach is new: while there have been plenty of books on jihad or the Crusades, this book lays the Christian and the Islamic way of war side by side, along with those of Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism and Judaism. Each of these faiths arose in agrarian societies with plenty of motivation for violence: landowners had to lord it over peasants and warfare was essential to increase one's landholdings, the only real source of wealth before the great age of trade and commerce. In each context, it fell to the priestly class to legitimize the actions of the state. And so the martial ethos became bound up with the sacred. At the same time, however, their ideologies developed that ran counter to the warrior code: around sages, prophets and mystics. Within each tradition there grew up communities that represented a protest against the injustice and violence endemic to agrarian society. This book explores the symbiosis of these 2 impulses and its development as these confessional faiths came of age. The aggression of secularism has often damaged religion and pushed it into a violent mode. But modernity has also been spectacularly violent, and so Armstrong goes on to show how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence--and what hope there might be for peace among believers in our time.

Fields Of Wheat Hills Of Blood by Anastasia N. Karakasidou

Title Fields of Wheat Hills of Blood
Author Anastasia N. Karakasidou
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2009-02-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 358
ISBN 0226424995
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Deftly combining archival sources with evocative life histories, Anastasia Karakasidou brings welcome clarity to the contentious debate over ethnic identities and nationalist ideologies in Greek Macedonia. Her vivid and detailed account demonstrates that contrary to official rhetoric, the current people of Greek Macedonia ultimately derive from profoundly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Throughout the last century, a succession of regional and world conflicts, economic migrations, and shifting state formations has engendered an intricate pattern of population movements and refugee resettlements across the region. Unraveling the complex social, political, and economic processes through which these disparate peoples have become culturally amalgamated within an overarchingly Greek national identity, this book provides an important corrective to the Macedonian picture and an insightful analysis of the often volatile conjunction of ethnicities and nationalisms in the twentieth century. "Combining the thoughtful use of theory with a vivid historical ethnography, this is an important, courageous, and pioneering work which opens up the whole issue of nation-building in northern Greece."—Mark Mazower, University of Sussex

The Field Of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman

Title The Field of Blood
Author Joanne B. Freeman
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2018-09-11
Category History
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9780374717612
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery. These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities—the feel, sense, and sound of it—as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril.

The Field Of Blood by Denise Mina

Title The Field of Blood
Author Denise Mina
Publisher McArthur & Co
Release Date 2011-05-24
Category Children
Total Pages 401
ISBN 9781770870277
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In Glasgow, a toddler goes missing, snatched from the front garden of his home. But while the city braces itself for the discovery of a lone sexual predator, the police are led to the doors of two young boys. Paddy Meehan has just started work on the Scottish Daily News where she dreams of becoming an investigative journalist. Although everyone at the paper believes the boys acted on their own, she believes there may be more to it than this, and begins to ask awkward questions. Shunned by those closest to her, Paddy finds herself dangerously alone ...

Fields Of Blood by Eden Studios

Title Fields of Blood
Author Eden Studios
Publisher Eden Studios Incorporated
Release Date 2004-04-01
Category Games
Total Pages 175
ISBN 1891153552
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fields of Blood: The Book of War provides everything you need to rule a nation, raise an army, and assault your enemies on the battlefield. With rules governing anything from small keeps to vast nations, your character can now be a hero both in the dungeon and on the battlefield. Features: A complete set of detailed wargame rules based on the d20 system mechanic to resolve combat at any scale; rules for leading troops, from a small squad of men to an army of thousands; rules for governing, from the cost of building and maintaining a small keep, to taxing a nation of millions; rules for NPC nations allowing GMs to run several dozen opposing realms at a time; leadership rules for every class, using your character's strengths to lead an army; rules for using miniatures, or tracking the battles on a simple map; new prestige classes for every character type, designed for use with this system; and more!

The Field Of Blood by Nicholas Morton

Title The Field of Blood
Author Nicholas Morton
Publisher Basic Books
Release Date 2018-02-20
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780465096701
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A history of the 1119 Battle of the Field of Blood, which decisively halted the momentum gained during the First Crusade and decided the fate of the Crusader states During the First Crusade, Frankish armies swept across the Middle East, capturing major cities and setting up the Crusader States in the Levant. A sustained Western conquest of the region appeared utterly inevitable. Why, then, did the crusades ultimately fail? To answer this question, historian Nicholas Morton focuses on a period of bitter conflict between the Franks and their Turkish enemies, when both factions were locked in a struggle for supremacy over the city of Aleppo. For the Franks, Aleppo was key to securing dominance over the entire region. For the Turks, this was nothing less than a battle for survival -- without Aleppo they would have little hope of ever repelling the European invaders. This conflict came to a head at the Battle of the Field of Blood in 1199, and the face of the Middle East was forever changed.

Blood In The Fields by Julia Reynolds

Title Blood in the Fields
Author Julia Reynolds
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 2014-09-01
Category True Crime
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781613749722
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece, East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in America. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Prize-winning journalist and Nieman Fellow Julia Reynolds tells the gang's story from the inside out, following young men and women as they search for a new kind of family, quests that usually lead to murder and betrayal. Blood in the Fields also documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Written as narrative nonfiction, journalist Reynolds used her unprecedented access to gang members, both in and out of prison, as well as undercover wire taps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history of this brutal criminal organization and the lives it destroyed. Julia Reynolds coproduced and wrote the PBS documentary Nuestra Familia, Our Family, and reported on the northern California gang for more than a decade. She currently works as a staff writer at the Monterey County Herald, and has reported for National Public Radio, the Discovery Channel, The Nation, Mother Jones, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

Field Of Blood by Clifford "Gwalla" Evans

Title Field of Blood
Author Clifford "Gwalla" Evans
Publisher Page Publishing, Inc
Release Date 2020-11-13
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 284
ISBN 9781645448174
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This world is not a world where the lowest can live through easily. It’s needless this young man was born into it at its lowest point in New Orleans, Louisiana, where only the strong survived who were trained to murder the people closest to them as if it was common law for the good to die young. Growing up, he learned to stand his ground, and he did it alone. Year after year, the void in his heart became larger, and his hunger for love grew stronger as he searched through the mud for it, leaving him covered in disappointing associations with those of dirty intentions of breaking him down every time he appeared to them as if he was building himself up. As he attempted to make friends, it seemed as if he was being influenced to dig his own resting place in a life full of conflict, where the people he desired to love treated him as a spectacle only because they saw his quality, making themselves feel as if they were nothing. In his life, he realized that real things remain the same and that fake people, places, and things always change, leaving his heart filled with pain as God painted the picture vividly before his eyes.

God At War by Mark Juergensmeyer

Title God at War
Author Mark Juergensmeyer
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category Religion
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780190079185
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For decades, Mark Juergensmeyer has been studying the rise of religious violence around the world, including groups like ISIS and Christian militias that have been involved in acts of terrorism. Over the years he came to realize that war is the central image in the worldview of virtually every religious movement engaged in violent acts. Behind the moral justification of using violence are images of great confrontations of war on a transcendent scale. God at War explores the dark attraction between religion and warfare. Virtually every religious tradition leaves behind it a bloody trail of stories, legends, and images of war, and most wars call upon the divine for blessings in battle. This book finds the connection between religion and warfare in the alternative realities created in the human imagination in response to crises both personal and social. Based on the author's thirty years of field work interviewing activists involved in religious-related terrorist movements around the world, this book explains why desperate social conflict leads to images of war, and why invariably God is thought to be engaged in battle.

Title Did God Really Command Genocide
Author Paul Copan
Publisher Baker Books
Release Date 2014-11-11
Category Religion
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781441221094
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A common objection to belief in the God of the Bible is that a good, kind, and loving deity would never command the wholesale slaughter of nations. Even Christians have a hard time stomaching such a thought, and many avoid reading those difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish. Instead, we quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question doesn't go away. Did God really command genocide? Is the command to "utterly destroy" morally unjustifiable? Is it literal? Are the issues more complex and nuanced than we realize? In the tradition of his popular Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan teams up with Matthew Flannagan to tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable passages of Scripture. Together they help the Christian and nonbeliever alike understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages. Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, apologetics readers, and laypeople will find that this book both enlightens and equips them for serious discussion of troubling spiritual questions.

Fields Of Blood by William L. Shea

Title Fields of Blood
Author William L. Shea
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 358
ISBN 9780807833155
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents the events of the Battle of Prairie Grove of 1862, which took place in Arkansas and ended the efforts of the Confederate Army to extend the Civil War conflict into the territory west of the MIssissippi River, discussing the generals, battle tactics, casualties, and aftermath.

Morphology Of Blood Disorders by Giuseppe d'Onofrio

Title Morphology of Blood Disorders
Author Giuseppe d'Onofrio
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2014-10-21
Category Medical
Total Pages 800
ISBN 9781118442586
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Morphology of Blood Disorders, 2nd edition is an outstanding atlas with over 800 high-quality digital images, covering the whole spectrum of blood and bone marrow morphology, with particular emphasis on malignant haematology. Originally written in the Italian language by two world leaders in the field, the book has been expertly translated by the renowned haematologist and teacher, Barbara Bain. This book explores the major topics of haematological pathology, blending classical teaching with up-to-date WHO classification and terminology. Each image in this book is derived from material obtained for diagnostic purposes from patients with serious haematological conditions. Morphological details are supplemented by detailed descriptions of the output and role of automated instruments in disorders of the blood. Morphology of Blood Disorders, 2nd edition is an essential reference source for diagnosis in the haematology laboratory, designed to be the go-to guide for anyone with an interest in blood cell morphology.

The Language Of Blood by Jane Jeong Trenka

Title The Language of Blood
Author Jane Jeong Trenka
Publisher Minnesota Historical Society Press
Release Date 2003
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 226
ISBN 0873514661
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author recounts her life as she and her sister left their homes in Korea and were adopted by a family in Minnesota, describing her lack of ethnic identity and her eventual reconnection with her birth mother.

Affairs Of Honor by Joanne B. Freeman

Title Affairs of Honor
Author Joanne B. Freeman
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date 2002
Category History
Total Pages 376
ISBN 0300097557
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Offering a reassessment of the tumultuous culture of politics on the national stage during America's early years, when Jefferson, Burr, and Hamilton were among the national leaders, Freeman shows how the rituals and rhetoric of honor provides ground rules for political combat. Illustrations.

The Case For God by Karen Armstrong

Title The Case for God
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date 2009-09-22
Category Religion
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780307372956
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times. Why has God become incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Moving from the Paleolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the lengths to which humankind has gone to experience a sacred reality that it called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. She examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. With her trademark depth of knowledge and profound insight, Armstrong elucidates how the changing world has necessarily altered the importance of religion at both societal and individual levels. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for structuring a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. From the Hardcover edition.

Fields Of Blood by Ben Kane

Title Fields of Blood
Author Ben Kane
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2016-02-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 512
ISBN 9781250001139
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hannibal's campaign to defeat Rome continues. Having brought his army safely over the Alps in winter, he now marches south to confront the enemy. With him is a young soldier, Hanno. Like his general, Hanno burns to vanquish Rome. Never has the possibility seemed so likely. Facing Hanno is his former friend, Quintus, whom Hanno met while in Roman captivity. A bitter quarrel with his father led Quintus to join the Roman infantry under an assumed name. Among his legionaries, he finds that his enemies are not just the Carthaginians, but men of his own side. A stealthy game of cat and mouse is being played, with Hannibal seeking to fight, and Rome's generals avoiding battle. But battle cannot be delayed for much longer. Eventually, the two armies meet under a fierce summer sun in August in the south of Italy. The place is Cannae-the fields of blood. The encounter will go down in history as one of the bloodiest battles ever fought, a battle in which Hanno and Quintus know they must fight as never before-just to stay alive.

A History Of God by Karen Armstrong

Title A History of God
Author Karen Armstrong
Publisher Random House Digital, Inc.
Release Date 1994
Category Religion
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780345384560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The 4,000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.