Dominion (50th Anniversary Edition): The Making of the Western Mind (Paperback)
  • Dominion (50th Anniversary Edition): The Making of the Western Mind (Paperback)

Dominion (50th Anniversary Edition): The Making of the Western Mind (Paperback)

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Published: 09/02/2023
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Nothing less than an epic history of Christianity and its enduring legacy on the Western mind, Dominion marshals a vast number of arguments, examples and theories to make a compelling case for religion’s centrality to intellectual history.

Dominion tells the epic story of how those in the West came to be what they are, and why they think the way they do. Ranging from Moses to Merkel, from Babylon to Beverley Hills, from the emergence of secularism to the abolition of slavery, it explores why, in a society that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.

Christianity's enduring impact is not confined to churches. It can be seen everywhere in the West: in science, in secularism, in gay rights, even in atheism. It is - to coin a phrase - the greatest story ever told.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349145273
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 518 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 46 mm


Terrific: bold, ambitious and passionate

Tom Holland is fun to read, monstrously erudite, wickedly joyful, and ahead of the established consensus, on average, by four years, three months, and two days

This extraordinary book is vintage Tom Holland: history boldly and elegantly retold, with fascinating interconnections traced to create a narrative that cannot fail to stimulate, for it leads to a never-ending question

Holland is an illuminating guide on a journey from Ancient Athens to 21st-century gay rights - History Revealed

Sustained with all the breadth, originality and erudition that we have come to associate with Holland's writing - Spectator

Fizzing with insights and challenges, this is one history book that is timely and important, as well as a feast of intellectual entertainment - Sunday Times

Holland is an exceptionally good storyteller with a marvellous eye for detail - The Economist

An all-absorbing story - Literary Review

This book has ruffled feathers . . . lyrical, vivid - Evening Standard

It's not often that you come across a book that completely transforms your understanding of the world - Spectator

A rich and compelling history of Christendom . . . A masterpiece of scholarship and storytelling, Dominion surpasses Holland's earlier books in its sweeping ambition and gripping presentation - New Statesman

[Holland encapsulates] so much, so intelligently and entertainingly, in a book that's fizzing with ideas - Mail on Sunday

I love the sweep of it - Sunday Telegraph

Tom Holland's stupendous new book . . . There isn't a page of this magnificent book that does not contain somefascinating detail and the narrative is held together with a novelist's eye for character and theme - History Today

A brilliant meditation on how Christianity in its Latin and Protestant forms entirely changed the way humans conceive life and their relationship to each other - New Statesman

An absorbing survey of Christianity's subversive origins and enduring influence is filled with vivid portraits, gruesome deaths and moral debates . . . Holland has all the talents of an accomplished novelist: a gift for narrative, a lively sense of drama and a fine ear for the rhythm of a sentence - Guardian

If great books encourage you to look at the world in an entirely new way, then Dominion is a very great book indeed . . . Written with terrific learning, enthusiasm and good humour, Holland's book is not just supremely provocative, but often very funny - Sunday Times

A bravura swing through centuries of Western European history . . . a cornucopia of characters and information: almost everyone would learn from it something they didn't know . . . the range and unobvious sweep of his narrative are most impressive - Times Literary Supplement

An erudite and fascinating look at the enduring legacy of Christianity, which, as numbers of believers are dwindling - The Lady

Those who like their history with a dose of lessons about the present will be impressed by Tom Holland's ambitious Dominion - Telegraph

Definitely my book of the year

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“Excellent history book”

Dominion is really an impressive achievement. It details the emergence of christianity, and its unique message and influence on the development of the West and beyond, and its continuing influence on our everyday... More

Hardback edition
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“A thought-provoking look at our history”

I received a proof copy of this earlier in the year, and have just got around to reading it.
I wish that I'd moved it higher up my pile, Holland explores how the way we life, the way we think in the West, what... More

Hardback edition
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“Transformative read”

Tom Holland wrote the book I’ve been waiting for someone to write for years. This is his best piece of work - he’s years ahead of the historiography.

Paperback edition
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