Non-Religious Books that Influenced European History

EmperorTigerstar

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Jun 2013
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USA
In the United States we'll occasionally mention that books like "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "The Jungle" have greatly influenced politics. (Uncle Tom escalating tension and focus on the slavery question and its cruelty while the Jungle led to the Food and Drug Act.) Are there any non-religious books in Europe that were of great influence to Europe as a whole?

The obvious one is the Communist Manifesto. However are there any others?
 

Black Dog

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Mar 2008
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Damned England
The obvious answer here is the absolutely profound impact pagan classical writers had upon later medieval thinkers. Aristotle and Plato in particular. So much so that many within the Church deemed them to be "Christians naturaler", which means that although they couldn't have been Christian because they were born before Christ, they " certainly" would have been if they were aware of Christ.

Their writing deeply impacted on how medieval thinkers viewed the world, or how nature worked, medical science, how society should be ordered and, particularly, politics.

Such was the basis of the renaissance and led the way towards humanism and ultimately to the modern world.
 

Fiver

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Jul 2012
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Clauswitz' On War

Admiral Mahan's The Influence of Sea Power Upon History
 

Willempie

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Jul 2015
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Netherlands
The Origin of species
Il Principe
The interpretation of dreams
Wealth of Nations
The principae
Kamasutra ;)

Of the more "story-book" like:
Praise of Folly
1984
Animal farm
Don Quixote
Madame Bovary
Der Prozess
Candide
 

Shtajerc

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Jul 2014
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Lower Styria, Slovenia
The Origin of species
Il Principe
The interpretation of dreams
Wealth of Nations
The principae
Kamasutra ;)

Of the more "story-book" like:
Praise of Folly
1984
Animal farm
Don Quixote
Madame Bovary
Der Prozess
Candide
Madame Bovary affected someone?
 
Mar 2015
682
Southern Brazil
Honestly, The Communist Manifesto is not a book, it's a pamphlet.

Das Kapital revolutionized the Economics and gave legitimacy to the communist movement.

Many Lenin book's were fundamental to the Russian Revolution as we know it.