- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: February 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108348102
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108348102
Religious freedom has become an emblematic value in the West. Embedded in constitutions and championed by politicians and thinkers across the political spectrum, it is to many an absolute value, something beyond question. Yet how it emerged, and why, remains widely misunderstood. Tracing the history of religious persecution from the Fall of Rome to the present-day, Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama provide a novel explanation of the birth of religious liberty. This book treats the subject in an integrative way by combining economic reasoning with historical evidence from medieval and early modern Europe. The authors elucidate the economic and political incentives that shaped the actions of political leaders during periods of state building and economic growth.
James Robinson - Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict, University of Chicago
John Joseph Wallis - Mancur Olson Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park
Sheilagh Ogilvie - University of Cambridge
Alberto Bisin - New York University
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