La Era Napoleónica

Libro recomendado a modo de introducción al contexto histórico:

Warren H. Carroll

The Revolution Against Christendom: A History of Christendom Volume 5


Volume 5 of Mr. Carroll's 6-volume history of Christendom. What this volume does, mainly, is to create in the reader a strong appetite for further reading. Because there are so many stories intertwined, so many amazing characters and events taking place, and the reading of the book is so fast and enjoyable that it cannot feed the reader's mind with all the information that he should want; which becomes a little aggravating too. Once you've become interested -and the author sure has a special knack to make the reader interested in the story he's about to read right from the first lines in every chapter- then you find yourself thirsting for more, but then the chapter is over, and you're off to another story and location.

A reason for this way of history-telling is indeed the subject matter, the role that Christendom played through the times and places where the action took place. Christendom is the real main character, always present in every page of the book, regardless of the author talking about Napoleon or Marat or whoever. Everything that happens in the book gravitates around the Church (Catholic Church in this case, since the author is a Catholic historian) and the Gospels. Failure to realize this will make the story a lot less comprehensible and enjoyable.

Therefore, it is not the history book to know all about the French Revolution or about Napoleon, but it sure does a good job introducing the reader who is a believer -regardless of his denomination, I honestly believe- to the big picture of events happening around the world, but especially around Europe, during the late part of the 18th century, and helping him to understand them in a Christian way. I recommend it without a doubt to young people in general.




On Cuba's Revolution:

"The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti, In the Pirate's Den

España [por el contrario de Estados Unidos] se ha ido configurando, siglo a siglo, como una sociedad herida por la envidia, en la que todavía hacer demagogia con la pobreza rinde réditos electorales y donde los que han tenido o tienen grandes riquezas -tanto los progres como la iglesia católica– no pocas veces predican la solidaridad con el prójimo a la vez que protegen sus patrimonios nada desdeñables en SICAVs, algo, dicho sea de paso, bastante lógico tal y como está el panorama fiscal.”

César Vidal en su artículo Las razones de una diferencia en

2. La Constitución se fundamenta en la indisoluble unidad de la Nación española, patria común e indivisible de todos los españoles.

3.1. El castellano es la lengua española oficial del Estado. Todos los españoles tienen el deber de conocerla y el derecho a usarla.

'The Pale Maiden'
"Thus heaven I've forfeited,
I know it full well
My soul, once true to God
Is chosen for hell."

by Karl Marx

from Richard Wurmbrand´s book on Marx

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