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Catholicism in Modern Italy

Religion, Society and Politics since 1861, 1st Edition

By John Pollard


248 pages

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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'.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

John Pollard is Fellow in History at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and researches the modern history of Italy, the papacy, and Fascism and religion. His publications include Money and the Rise of the Modern Papacy: Financing the Vatican, 1850-1950 (2005).

About the Series

Christianity and Society in the Modern World

This series of social historical studies explores the relationship between Christianity and its social context in the period since 1500. Recent exciting new research in this field has greatly increased our understanding of how the changing face of Christianity as a historical religion during the period affected contemporary social attitudes, customs, and behaviour. The books in this series draw this research together, providing new perspectives and interpretations on a fascinating area of social history and bringing it before a wider audience.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Social History