From Above and Below - The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940

From Above and Below - The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940

By: Livingston, Craig

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Brand New! ; For the first century of their church’s existence, Mormon observers of international events studied and cheered global revolutions as a religious exercise. Many Mormon thinkers accepted secular revolutionary arguments that the old world order needed to be destroyed, not merely reformed, to clear the way for the new. In From Above and Below, author Craig Livingston tells the story of Mormon commentary on global revolutions from the European revolutions of 1848 to the collapse of Mormon faith in progress in the 1930s when revolutionary communist and fascist regimes exposed themselves as violent and repressive. As the Church bureaucratized and assimilated to mainstream American and capitalist values, Mormons became champions of the conservative view of political and social development for which they are known today. The first Mormon converts in Mexico and France, both political radicals, would scarcely recognize the arch-conservative twenty-first century Church.

"In this engaging study, Craig Livingston examines Mormon responses to political revolutions across the globe from the 1840s to the 1930s. Latter-day Saints saw utopian possibilities in revolutions from the European tumults of 1848 to the Mexican Revolution. Highlighting the often radical anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist rhetoric of Mormon leaders, Livingston demonstrates how Latter-day Saints interpreted revolutions through their unique theology and millennialism."

-Matthew J. Grow, author of Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer. ; 8.80 X 5.90 X 1.10 inches; 472 pages; 1589586212

Title: From Above and Below - The Mormon Embrace of Revolution, 1840-1940

Author Name: Livingston, Craig

Categories: Church History,

Publisher: Salt Lake City, UT, Greg Kofford Books: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Condition: New

Seller ID: 56365