Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy

The Catholic Church in Polish History

From 966 to the Present

Authors: Ramet, Sabrina

  • Provides the first history of the Church in Poland from a political perspective
  • Reflects research in Polish-, German-, and English-language materials
  • Offers a detailed examination of the Church’s experiences in each of the three partition zones (Prussian/German, Russian, and Austrian) in the years 1772-1918
  • Includes a detailed account of the Church’s fortunes in the interwar years, 1918-1939, noting divisions within the ranks of the episcopate and the persistence of anti-Semitism in the Church
  • Brings the story up to date, with detailed analyses of both the communist and post-communist eras in the life of the Church in Poland.
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About this book

The book chronicles the evolution of the church's political power throughout Poland's unique history. Beginning in the tenth century, the study first details how Catholicism overcame early challenges in Poland, from converting the early polytheists to pushing back the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later. It continues into the dawn of the modern age—including the division of Poland between Prussia, Russia, and Austria between 1772 and 1795, the interwar years, the National Socialist occupation of World War Two, and the communist and post-war communist eras—during which The Church only half-correctly presented itself as a steadfast protector of Poles, with clergy members who either stood up to foreign authorities or collaborated with those same Nazi and Communist leaders. This study ends with a consideration of how the Church has taken advantage of the fall of communism to push its own social agenda, at times against the wishes of most Poles.

About the authors

Sabrina Petra Ramet is a Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway, and author of 12 previous books, among them:  Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics, and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia (Duke University Press, 1998) and The Three Yugoslavias:  State-Building and Legitimation, 1918—2005  (Indiana University Press & The Wilson Center Press, 2006).  She is also editor or co-editor of 34 books published to date.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ramet, Sabrina P.

    Pages 1-11

  • From the Origins to 1772

    Ramet, Sabrina P.

    Pages 13-37

  • The Polish Church in the Era of the Partitions, 1772–1918

    Ramet, Sabrina P.

    Pages 39-110

  • The Interwar Republic, 1918–1939

    Ramet, Sabrina P.

    Pages 111-144

  • War Years and Communism, 1939–1989

    Ramet, Sabrina P.

    Pages 145-190

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Catholic Church in Polish History
Book Subtitle
From 966 to the Present
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42622-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 illustrations in colour
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