The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, Armstrong, Karen, Published by Knopf Canada, 2006. First Edition/Printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 496 pages including bibliography, index, glossary and notes. Cream boars, gilt spine titles. In unread, mint condition in unclipped as new dustjacket.
In one astonishing, short period – the ninth century BCE – the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity into the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Historians call this the Axial Age because of its central importance to humanity’s spiritual development. Now, Karen Armstrong traces the rise and development of this transformative moment in history, examining the brilliant contributions to these traditions made by such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Ezekiel. 002797 $20