The Political History of the Devil
General scholarly opinion is that Defoe really did think of the Devil as a participant in world history. He spends some time discussing Milton's Paradise Lost and explaining why he considers it inaccurate.
His view is that of an 18th-century Presbyterian – he blames the Devil for the Crusades and sees him as close to Europe's Catholic powers.
- McInelly, Brett (Autumn 2006). The Political History of the Devil. Textual Cultures, 1(2): 175-177.(subscription required)
- The Mill on the Floss: Book one chapter 3; Mr Riley Gives his Advice
- Baine, Rodney M. (1962). Daniel Defoe and "The History and Reality of Apparitions". Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 106(4): 335-347.(subscription required)
- Hudson, Nicholas (1988). 'Why God no Kill the Devil?' The Diabolical Disruption of Order in Robinson Crusoe. The Review of English Studies, 39(156): 494-501. (subscription required)
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