Daniel Defoe: The Political History of the Devil

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  • Michael Bowerman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Irving N. Rothman (University of Houston )

The Political History of the Devil – or, to give it its full title, The Political History of the Devil, as well Ancient as Modern: in Two Parts. Part I. Containing a State of the Devil’s Circumstances, and the various Turns of his Affairs, from his Expulsion out of Heaven, to the Creation of Man; with Remarks on the several Mistakes concerning the Reason and Manner of his Fall. Also his Proceedings with Mankind ever since Adam, to the first planting of the Christian Religion in the World. Part II. Containing his more private Conduct, down to the Present Times: his Government, his Appearances, his Manner of Working, and the Tools he works with. Bad as he is, the Devil may be abus’d, Be falsly charg’d, and causelessly …

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Bowerman, Michael, Irving N. Rothman. "The Political History of the Devil". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2005
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