Five Cities that Ruled the World: How Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York Shaped Global History

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Nov 2, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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In Five Cities that Ruled the World, theologian Douglas Wilson fuses together, in compelling detail, the critical moments birthed in history’s most influential cities —Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York.

Wilson issues a challenge to our collective understanding of history with the juxtapositions of freedom and its intrinsic failures; liberty and its deep-seated liabilities. Each revelation beckoning us deeper into a city’s story, its political systems, and how it flourished and floundered.

You'll discover the significance of:

  • Jerusalem's complex history and its deep-rooted character as the city of freedom, where people found their spiritual liberty.
  • Athens' intellectual influence as the city of reason and birthplace of democracy.
  • Rome's evolution as the city of law and justice and the freedoms and limitations that come with liberty.
  • London's place in the world's history as the city of literature where man's literary imagination found its wings.
  • New York's rise to global fame as the city of commerce and how it triggered unmatched wealth, industry, and trade throughout the world.

Five Cities that Ruled the World chronicles the destruction, redemption, personalities, and power structures that altered the world's political, spiritual, and moral center time and again. It's an inspiring, enlightening global perspective that encourages readers to honor our shared history, contribute to the present, and look to the future with unmistakable hope.

 

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User Review  - david__clifford - LibraryThing

Wilson flies high in his historical overview of these great cities. He did help me in enlarging my understanding of the political climate of Rome with Emperors and Popes. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Christianbook.com

The book describes itself as The gripping and illuminative story of how five citiesJerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New Yorkshaped the course of global history.It is a short book, about 200 pages ... Read full review

Contents

Athens
43
Rome
83
London
117
New York
153
Epilogue
183
Notes
201
Acknowledgments
217
About the Author
221
Index
225
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Douglas Wilson is a senior fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College. Wilson isthe author of numerous books on education, theology, and culture, including: The Case for Classical Christian Education , Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning , Mother Kirk , and Angels in the Architecture , as well as biographies on both Anne Bradstreet and John Knox.

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