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The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong

The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah


The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong

The centuries between 800 and 300 BC saw an explosion of new religious concepts. Their emergence is second only to man's harnessing of fire in fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this five-hundred-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?In The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong examines this phenomenal period and the connections between this disparate group of philosophers, mystics and theologians.


'A remarkable history... fascinating and highly readable... profoundly relevant.'
Julie Wheelwright, Independent

'[Armstrong] shows a formidable grasp of sacred history and biblical scholarship.'
Felipe Fernandez

-Armesto, The Times 'Armstrong writes with her customary elegance and lucidity... It would be hard not to learn a lot from this substantial book.
Diarmaid MacCulloch, Guardian

'This book deserves nothing but praise.'
Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

About the Author

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at Oxford. In 1982 she became a full-time writer and broadcaster. The best-selling author of over sixteen books, she is a passionate campaigner for religious liberty.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th March 2007


Karen Armstrong

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Atlantic Books


496 pages


General & world history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
History of religion



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