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The Martyrdom Of Man
by William Winwood Reade
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A book of the author`s thoughts on the history of the world, with inclusion of some remarkable predictions for the future. Includes chapters on war - Western Asia, the Persians, Carthage and Rome, the Arabs, etc; religion - Arabian, Mecca, Israelites, the Jews, etc; liberty - Ancient Europe, the German Invasion, the Portuguese Discoveries, Abolition, etc.; and intellect. This classic work first published in 1872.
Reade was an explorer and a disciple of Darwin who acknowledged that Descent of Man had left him little to say `respecting the birth and infancy of the faculties and affections'. His The Martyrdom of Man, an essay in `Universal History', dealing with war, religion, liberty, and intellect, was informed not only by Darwin, but the many other authors listed in the introduction . Reade declared his own atheism in defiance of 'the advice and wishes of several literary friends and his publisher.' The book takes us from Africa and throughout the world.
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