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Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind - Tom Holland

Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind - Tom Holland

Title: Dominion

Author:  Tom Holland

ISBN:  9781408706954

Weight:  990g

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Dominion by Tom Holland

Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history.  Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs.  Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable.  Widen the focus, though, and Christianity’s enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism.

That is why Dominion will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context.  Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, it will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian.

The aim is twofold: to make the reader appreciate just how novel and uncanny were Christian teachings when they first appeared in the world; and to make ourselves, and all that we take for granted, appear similarly strange in consequence.  We stand at the end-point of an extraordinary transformation in the understanding of what it is to be human: one that can only be fully appreciated by tracing the arc of its parabola over millennia.

Peer & Press Reviews

Holland is an illuminating guide on a journey from Ancient Athens to 21st-century gay rights.

History Revealed

It’s not often that you come across a book that completely transforms your understanding of the world.


Fizzing with insights and challenges, this is one history book that is timely and important, as well as a feast of intellectual entertainment.

Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Dominion
Sub title The Making of the Western Mind
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features

The main body of the book is 525 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of colour & monochrome images.

The front matter has an additional 20 pages:

Contents [2]
Acknowledgements [1]
Preface [17]

The back matter has a further 68 pages:

Notes [29]
Bibliography [19]
Index [20]

Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘Signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a metallic finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the half title page
Book Stats
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Little, Brown
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781408706954
ISBN 10 1408706954
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 525 [main body]
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 40mm
Packed weight 1.391kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Charlie Hopkinson
Jacket design Nico Taylor - LBBG
Jacket illustrations Mike Hall (Shard)
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