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Catholics and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Global World

Edited By

Eveline Bouwers

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ISBN 9780367650971
July 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
392 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyzes violence involving Catholics in the nineteenth-century world – revealing the motives for violence, showing the link between religious and secular grievances, and illuminating Catholic pluralism.

Catholics and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Global World is the first study to systematically analyze the link between faith and violent action in modern history. Focusing on incidents involving members of the Roman Catholic Church across the globe, the book offers a kaleidoscopic overview of situations in which physical or symbolic violence attended inner-Catholic, Catholic-secular, and interreligious conflicts. Focusing especially on the role of agency, the authors explore the motives behind, perceptions of, and legitimation strategies for religion-related violence, as well as evaluating debates about conflict and discussing the role of religious leadership in violent incidents. Additionally, they illuminate the complex ways in which religious grievances interacted with secular differences and highlight the plurality of Catholic standpoints. In doing so, the book brings to light the variety of ways in which religion and violence have interacted historically.

Showing that the link between faith and violence was more nuanced than theoreticians of ‘religious violence’ suggest, the book will appeal to historians, social scientists, and religious scholars.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Rejecting Secularization

Chapter 1

Religion and Violence during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Between Tradition and Modernity

Philip Dwyer

Chapter 2

"To Be Consumed in Suffering for His Love": Violence, Religion, and Counterrevolution in Restoration Spain

Mary Vincent

Chapter 3

Anti-Liberal Violence in Belgium: Catholics in Defiance of State Legislation, 1857–1884

Eveline G. Bouwers

Part 2: Contending Clericalism

Chapter 4

Collective Violence and the Religious Politicization of Peasants on the Habsburg Periphery: Rabatz and Antisemitic Riots in West Galicia, 1846–1898

Tim Buchen

Chapter 5

Between the Soldiers of Pius IX and the Sons of Saint Felicitas: Catholic Pluralism and Religionero Violence in Michoacán, Mexico, 1873–1877

Brian A. Stauffer

Chapter 6

Religion and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Argentina: Teachings from the 1875 Anticlerical Riots

Roberto Di Stefano

Part 3: Resisting Religious Pluralization

Chapter 7

From Violent Acts to Violent Hatred: French Catholic Responses to the Damascus and Dreyfus Affairs

Julie Kalman

Chapter 8

The Trillick Railway Outrage: The Politics of Atrocity in Post-Famine Ulster

Sean Farrell

Chapter 9

Catholicism and Violence in Korea: Two Case Studies from the Chosŏn Dynasty

Franklin Rausch

Part 4: Imposing a Catholic Order

Chapter 10

Violence in Circulation? Missionaries, Local Population, and Colonial Politics during the German War on the East African Coast, 1888–1889

Richard Hölzl

Chapter 11

Catholic Missionaries in Central Africa: Violence and the Creation of Religious Statehood in South Eastern Congo during the Partition Era, 1867–1914

Reuben A. Loffman

Chapter 12

"The Children Grow Up Without Discipline": Religion, Childhood, and Violence in Colonial New Guinea around 1900

Katharina Stornig

Part 5: Opposing Catholic Invasion

Chapter 13

Pageantry in the Shadow of Violence: Celebrating Fête-Dieu in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Montreal

Dan Horner

Chapter 14

The Popery Panic: Nativism, Anti-Catholicism, and Violence in Antebellum America

Cassandra L. Yacovazzi

Chapter 15

Occasional Martyrs: Catholic Life in Nineteenth-Century China between Coexistence and Subjugation

Lars Peter Laamann

Part 6: Conclusions

Chapter 16

Parameters of Religion-Related Violence in Modern History

Eveline G. Bouwers

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Eveline G. Bouwers is Senior Fellow of the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany, and a comparative scholar of modern Europe. Her research focuses on the history of religion-related protest, violence, and blasphemy. Other research interests include remembrance cultures and monument-making, mainly in the nineteenth century.