This book examines the role of Catholic parties in inter-war Europe in a systematically pan-European comparative perspective.
Specific country chapters address key questions about the parties' membership and social organization; their economic and social policies; and their European and international policies at a time of increasing national and ethnic conflict, and the book includes two survey chapters explaining the origins of political catholicism in 19th century Europe and comparing the parties' interwar development, and two chapters on
transnational party contacts.
Along with its companion volume, Christian Democracy in Europe Since 1945, also published in 2004, students will have an abundandce of information to guide them through their studies on this fascinating subject.
'These two volumes represent a useful and thoughtful contribution to our understanding of the character of interwar Catholic political action, the realignment of the post-1945 European political system and the emergence of a healthy and stable democratic polity.' - Ronald J. Ross, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA