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    Christopher Clark(Editor),Wolfram Kaiser(Editor)

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Twelve essays from a team of European experts examine the struggle that broke out between secular and religious forces in late nineteenth-century Europe. They highlight the role of trans-national forces and their interaction with local conditions. This collection combines an account of the impact of secular-religious strife, at the level of high politics, with case studies that elucidate the meaning of culture war for specific regions and communities.

"An excellent teaching volume. Especially useful are contributions on the culture wars in smaller or more remote European countries that are often neglected in narratives of nineteenth century Europe." H-FRANCE"There is no other work that brings together so much useful information..." History"A welcome historical perspective on the European religous experience that lead to the modern secular period where the wall remains high between Church and State." Catholic Books review"The breadth of its coverage ... make[s] it a valuable contribution to the literature.... For students of European Catholicism and confessional history." The Catholic Historical Review This book examines the struggle that broke out between secular and religious forces in late nineteenth-century Europe. Combining twelve essays from a team of experts across Europe, it highlights the role of trans-national forces and their interaction with local conditions. It combines an account of the impact of secular-religious strife, at the level of high politics, with case studies that elucidate the meaning of culture war for specific regions and communities. This book is unique within its field, offering a genuinely European perspective on the conflict.

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  • By P R Munro on March 4, 2013

    Until I read this collection of papers I had failed to realise how widespread, entrenched and destructive were the antecedent religious cultural conflicts that I personally experienced only traces of in 20th century society in Australia. Having read the chapters on the way the conflicts affected each nation covered, one is much more sensitive to the potential for resurgent tendencies to influence contemporary societies.Discrimination against and persecution of school teachers and children on religious grounds, barriers to marriage across religions and various forms of virulent cultural conflict are among features analysed across ten of the European nations in the 19th century.This is a most worthwhile set of studies because it gives a pan-european perspective of conflicts that affected every sphere of social life in the countries discussed.Like other later work with which joint editor Christopher Clark is identified, this book aids understanding of how past conflicts and beliefs shape modern societies.

  • By Schmerguls on June 12, 2013

    This is a book with 12 separate articles, each by a different author, on its subject, said articles discussing the conflict in France, Belguim, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary. One feels the Church was at times pretty intransigent, but of course the forces against it were determined to do what they could to destroy the Faith of the people. The accounts are full of interest, and anyone interested in the subject will find much to learn about 19th century religous conflict in this book. It would be of interest to read similar accounts of the 20th century in each country.


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