William H. Carroll

The Revolution Against Christendom

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Volume 5 of Mr. Carroll's 6-volume history of Christendom. What this volume does, mainly, is to create in the reader a strong appetite for further reading. Because there are so many stories intertwined, so many amazing characters and events taking palce, and the reading of the book is so fast and enjoyable that it cannot feed the reader's mind with all the information that he should want; which becomes a little aggravating too. Once you've become interested -and the author sure has a special knack for making the reader feel interested in the story he's about to read right from the first lines in every chapter- then you find yourself wanting more. But then the chapter is over, and you're off to another story and location.

 

A reason for this way of history-telling is indeed the subject matter, the role that Christendom played through the times and places where the action took place. Christendom is the real main character, always present in every page of the book, regardless of the author talking about Napoleon or Marat or whoever. Everything that happens in the book gravitates around the Church (Catholic Church in this case, since the author is a Catholic historian) and the Gospels. Failure to realize this will make the story a lot less comprehensible and enjoyable.

 

Therefore, it is not the history book to know all about the French Revolution or about Napoleon, but it sure does a good job introducing the reader who is a believer -regardless of his denomination, I honestly believe- to the big picture of events happening around the world, but especially around Europe, during the late part of the 18th century, and helping him to understand them in a Christian way. I recommend it without a doubt to young people in general.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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