In this book, first published in 1984, Paul Cohen examines the Catholic revival among the young French intelligentsia prior to the First World War. He explores this intellectual revival by studying that period’s "talas", the Catholic students at the elite Ecole Normale Supérieure, and devotes his attention to some of the highest-profile coverts, such as Charles Péguy and Jacques Maritain. This title will be of interest to students of nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious and social history.
Table of Contents
List of Tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Catholic Avant-Garde: 1890-1914 2. The Springs of Faith 3. The Spirit of Sillon 1906-1910 4. Reason and Faith 5. The Groupe-Tala 1912-1914: Catholicism as a Vocation 6. Left/Right, Mystique/Politique 7. Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography