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The New Inquisitions: Heretic-Hunting and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Totalitarianism

Arthur Versluis


This book provides an investigation into the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. The book unveils the connections between heretic-hunting in early and medieval Christianity, and the emergence of totalitarianism in the 20th century. It shows how secular political thinkers in the 19th century inaugurated a tradition of defending the Inquisition, and how Inquisition-style heretic-hunting later manifested across the spectrum of 20th-century totalitarianism. This book begins with early Christianity, and traces heretic-hunting as a phenomenon through the middle ages and right into the 20th cent ... More

Keywords: totalitarianism, heretic-hunting, early Christianity, Inquisition, middle ages, politics, medieval Christianity, 20th century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306378
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Versluis, author
Michigan State University