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Palgrave Macmillan

Religion and Politics in Post-Socialist Central and Southeastern Europe

Challenges since 1989

ISBN 9781137330710
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy

Since the crash of communism in Central and Southeastern Europe in 1989, almost everything in the region has changed – from politics to economics to popular culture to religion. There have been new challenges to confront and new dilemmas. This volume examines the political engagement of religious associations in the post-socialist countries of Central and Southeastern Europe, with a focus on disputes about property restitution, revelations about the collaboration of clergy with the communist-era secret police, intolerance, and controversies about the inclusion of religious instruction in the schools. Each of the countries in the region is analyzed with research grounded in on-site interviews, as well as extensive use of literature in local and Western languages.

Sabrina P. Ramet is a Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She was educated at Stanford University, the University of Arkansas, and UCLA, receiving her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1981. She is the author of 12 scholarly books (three of which have been published in Croatian translations) and editor or co-editor of 28 previous books. Her books have also been published in French, German, Italian, and Serbian translations. Among her previous books is Civic and Uncivic Values in Macedonia: Value Transformation, Education, and Media, edited with Ola Listhaug and Albert Simkus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

1. Religious organizations in post-communist Central and Southeastern Europe – An Introduction; Sabrina P. Ramet
2. The Catholic Church in Post-Communist Poland: Polarization, privatization, and decline in influence; Sabrina P. Ramet
3. The Catholic Church in the post-1989 Czech Republic and Slovakia; Milan Reban
4. The Kádár Regime and the Roman Catholic Hierarchy; Krisztián Ungváry
5. The Catholic Church and politics in Slovenia; Egon Pelikan
6. Church and state in Croatia: Legal framework, religious instruction, and social expectations; Siniša Zrinščak, Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Ankica Marinović, & Branko Ančić
7. The Cross, the Crescent and the Bosnian War: The Legacy of Religious Involvement; Janine Natalya Clark
8. Religion and Democracy in Serbia since 1989: The Case of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Radmila Radić & Milan Vukomanović
9. Islam and Politics in the Serbian Sandžak: Institutionalisation and feuds; Aleksander Zdravkovski
10. The Orthodox Churches of Macedonia and Montenegro; Aleksander Zdravkovski & Kenneth Morrison
11. The Orthodox Churches and Democratization in Romania and Bulgaria; Lavinia Stan & Lucian Turcescu
12. Religion and Politics among Albanians of Southeastern Europe; Isa Blumi
Afterword; Robert F. Goeckel

Branko Ančić, Sociologist, Institute for Social Research, Croatia
Isa Blumi, Senior Research Fellow, Leipzig University, Germany
Janine Natalya Clark, Lecturer, University of Sheffield, UK
Robert Goeckel, Professor, State University of New York, USA
Ankica Marinović, Scientific Researcher, Institute for Social Research, Croatia
Dinka Marinović Jerolimov, Scientific Advisor, Institute for Social Research, Croatia
Kenneth Morrison, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University, UK
Egon Pelikan, Associate Professor, University of Primorska, Slovenia
Radmila Radić, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Recent History of Serbia
Milan Reban, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas, USA
Lavinia Stan, Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Lucian Turcescu, Professor, Concordia University, Canada
Krisztián Ungváry, Researcher, Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Hungary
Milan Vukomanović, Full Professor, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Aleksander Zdravkovski, Ph.D. candidate, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Siniša Zrinščak, Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia


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