Friday, 25 October 2013

Belloc: Thoughts & Perspectives, Volume Twelve

HILAIRE BELLOC (1870-1953), who, during his lifetime, produced well over one hundred books, was born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud to an English mother and a French father. After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, Belloc spent four years as a Liberal Party MP and went on to rediscover his Catholic faith and then formulate the policies of the Distributist movement with his great friend, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936). The philosophy itself, inspired by Pope Leo XIII's encyclical, Rerum Novarum (1891), was an attempt to apply Christian teachings to the political, social and economic spheres, adopting a third way beyond the materialistic ideologies of both capitalism and communism. Belloc was also a poet and a prophet, a traveller and a sailor, an historian and a fierce social critic. Some of his most popular and well-loved works include The Bad Child's Book Of Beasts (1896), The Path To Rome (1902), Hills and the Sea (1906), Cautionary Tales for Children (1907), The Four Men: A Farrago (1911), The Servile State (1912), Europe And The Faith (1920), The Jews (1922), Economics for Helen (1924), The Cruise of the Nona (1925), Survivals and New Arrivals: The Old and New Enemies of the Catholic Church (1929), The Restoration Of Property (1936), The County of Sussex (1936), The Crisis Of Our Civilisation (1937), The Great Heresies (1938) and The Alternative (1940). Topics discussed in this present work include include Hilaire Belloc: The Servile State and the Political Economy of Distributism; Belloc and Islam; Bourgeois Culture and the Reign of Quantity: Completing Belloc's Worldview; Bellocian Anthropology: From Modern Alienation to Christian Integration; Belloc & Cobbett on the Origins, Ethos and Unity of Europe; Europe's Great Divide: The Eleventh-Century Ecclesiastical Schism and its Aftermath; and Belloc on Usury. The contributors are Troy Southgate (Editor), K. R. Bolton, Dr. Peter Chojnowski, John Howells, Keith Preston, Dimitris Michalopoulos and Ryan Grant.

January 2013, Black Front Press, paperback, 170pp. Cover Designed by Jeff Harrison.

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