This fine piece of historical journalism captures the theological, scientific and philosophic tempers of the 18th century,...

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THE LISBON EARTHQUAKE

This fine piece of historical journalism captures the theological, scientific and philosophic tempers of the 18th century, focussing them through a single event- the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and its meaning for the western world. It is exciting, graphic reportage, immediate enough to carry the reader into the stricken city where ruin came to all kinds of people. Yet it is dispassionate in ranging over the waves of theological opinion which included an irrational fear of God and of new scientific thought resulting in a study of the quakes. A book that is at once lively and scholarly and definitely rewarding supplementary reading for students covering this period.

Pub Date: Feb. 27, 1957

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Publisher: Lippincott

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1957