The Story of Mankind Themes

Hendrik Willem van Loon
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Religious Persecution

One of the primary themes throughout the novel is that of religious persecution. Throughout history, religious differences have caused mayhem throughout the world, as different belief systems clash and compete for power. From the earliest priests, those of the religious hierarchy have been seen as keepers of knowledge and as leaders of the people. By the fifth century B.C., Christianity is beginning to take hold as rulers learn that by teaching barbarians Christianity, they can begin to control them. By 1095, the Crusades begin. Whereas other areas of history have experienced smaller bouts of religious fighting, the Crusades are the first real attack for religious cause. As the Turks attack the Holy Land, the Pope demands that the Christians take up arms. Thousands of Jews are killed in the first Crusade, and masses of Muslims are killed during the second. Thousands of Christians are killed by the...

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