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Martyrdom of Man

(William) Winwood Reade (1838-1875)

1. Author's Preface
2. Chaper 1 - War - Section 1
3. Chaper 1 - War - Section 2
4. Chaper 1 - War - Section 3
5. Chaper 1 - War - Section 4
6. Chaper 1 - War - Section 5
7. Chaper 1 - War - Section 6
8. Chaper 1 - War - Section 7
9. Chaper 1 - War - Section 8
10. Chaper 1 - War - Section 9
11. Chaper 1 - War - Section 10
12. Chaper 1 - War - Section 11
13. Chaper 1 - War - Section 12
14. Chaper 1 - War - Section 13
15. Chaper 1 - War - Section 14
16. Chaper 1 - War - Section 15
17. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 1
18. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 2
19. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 3
20. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 4
21. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 5
22. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 6
23. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 7
24. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 8
25. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 9
26. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 10
27. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 11
28. Chaper 2 - Religion - Section 12
29. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 1
30. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 2
31. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 3
32. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 4
33. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 5
34. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 6
35. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 7
36. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 8
37. Chaper 3 - Liberty - Section 9
38. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 1
39. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 2
40. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 3
41. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 4
42. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 5
43. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 6
44. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 7
45. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 8
46. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 9
47. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 10
48. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 11
49. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 12
50. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 13
51. Chaper 4 - Intellect - Section 14

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Summary

William Winwood Reade (1838 - 1875) was a British historian, explorer, and philosopher. His most famous work, the Martyrdom of Man (1872)—whose summary running head reads "From Nebula to Nation"—is a secular, "universal" history of the Western world. Structurally, it is divided into four "chapters" of approximately 150 pages each: the first chapter, "War", discusses the imprisonment of men's bodies, the second, "Religion", that of their minds, the third, "Liberty", is the closest thing to a conventional European political and intellectual history, and the fourth, "Intellect", which discusses the cosmogony characteristic of a "universal history" Cecil Rhodes, an English-born South African politician and businessman, said that the book "made me what I am". Other admirers of The Martyrdom of Man included H. G. Wells, Winston Churchill, Harry Johnston, George Orwell, Susan Isaacs, A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, and Michael Foot. A laudatory reference is made to the book by Sherlock Holmes in the Sign of the Four.