By Teofilo F. Ruiz
This e-book displays on Western humanity's efforts to flee from historical past and its terrors--from the existential situation and common mess ups to the never-ending succession of wars and different man-made catastrophes. Drawing on historic episodes starting from antiquity to the hot previous, and mixing them with literary examples and private reflections, Teofilo Ruiz explores the embody of non secular reviews, the pursuit of worldly good fortune and pleasures, and the search for attractiveness and information as 3 fundamental responses to the person and collective nightmares of background. the result's a profound meditation on how women and men in Western society sought (and nonetheless search) to make that means of the area and its stressful history.
In chapters that diversity largely throughout Western background and tradition, The Terror of History takes up faith, the fabric international, and the realm of paintings and information. "Religion and the realm to come back" examines orthodox and heterodox types of spirituality, apocalyptic routine, mysticism, supernatural ideals, and lots of different types of esotericism, together with magic, alchemy, astrology, and witchcraft. "The international of subject and the Senses" considers fabric riches, gala's and carnivals, activities, intercourse, and utopian groups. ultimately, "The trap of attractiveness and information" appears at cultural productions of all kinds, from artwork to scholarship.
Combining excellent historic breadth with a private and obtainable narrative kind, The Terror of History is a relocating testimony to the quite different methods people have sought to deal with their scary history.