Regarding British historian Keith Thomas:
A very suggestive analysis of the clash between religion and its diverse
class changes. It reminds me that at the same time that the British
over-classes were humanizing themselves, they dragged Africans to
Barbados to make sugar accessible in Europe: domestic luxuries vs. brutal
At the same time in twentieth century America that saw the
Museum era flourish, the working classes were diverted by mass
entertainment that numbed them to their enslavement.
We flinch today at
the pathos of "ex-colonial" African nations being newly exploited by
external investors uninfluenced positively by theological traditions,
except for secular faiths like "Doctors without Frontieres" and Human
Rights Watch. A very suggestive volume.