The European Wars of Religion

Read a very interesting book review this weekend in the Wall Street Journal of

The review mentioned in the Tweet is sadly behind the pay wall, but here is reviewer Jeffery Collins’ assessment:

Christendom Destroyed captures a great deal of truth about the wrenching transitions of the early modern age. As difficult as this history is, Mr. Greengrass narrates it with admirable clarity and a notable lack of condescension.”

My reading of the review suggests that Greengrass offers quite a bit with which I disagree. All the more reason to order the book and engage with the author’s thesis. At the very least (the review suggests) I will acquire a few stories to titulate classes unaware of their own religious heritage.

About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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