John Pollard's book surveys the relationship between Catholicism and the process of change in Italy from Unification to the present day. Central to the book is the complex set of relationships between traditional religion and the forces of change. In a broad sweep, Catholicism in Modern Italy looks at the cultural, social, political and economic aspects of the Catholic church and its relationship to the different experiences across Italy over this dramatic period of change and 'modernisation'.
Acknowledgements. Glossary and list of abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Catholicism and the Liberal Revolution (1815-1870) 3. The Catholic Recovery (1870-1914) 4. Italian Catholicism and the Challenges of Industrial Development (1880-1914) 5. Italian Catholics, the Great War and the Rise of Fascism (1914-1929) 6. Fascism, War and the Resistance (1929-1945) 7. The Age of Catholic 'Triumphalism' (1945-1958) 8. The New 'Secularisation' (1958-1978) 9. Italy in the Age of Religious Pluralism (1978 to the Present) 10. Conclusion. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index