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Christian Democracy Across the Iron Curtain

Europe Redefined

Editors: Kosicki, Piotr H., Lukasiewicz, Slawomir (Eds.)

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  • Examines the role of Christian Democracy in both East and West Europe to offer a fuller picture of modern European politics
  • Explores the transnational dimension of Christian Democracy and its contribution to European integration
  • Offers a timely study of the European idea, bringing together 18 scholars from across Europe and beyond
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About this book

This book is the first scholarly exploration of how Christian Democracy kept Cold War Europe’s eastern and western halves connected after the creation of the Iron Curtain in the late 1940s. Christian Democrats led the transnational effort to rebuild the continent’s western half after World War II, but this is only one small part of the story of how the Christian Democratic political family transformed Europe and defied the nascent Cold War’s bipolar division of the world. The first section uses case studies from the origins of European integration to reimagine Christian Democracy’s long-term significance for a united Europe. The second shifts the focus to East-Central Europeans, some exiled to Western Europe, some to the USA, others remaining in the Soviet Bloc as dissidents. The transnational activism they pursued helped to ensure that, Iron Curtain or no, the boundary between Europe’s west and east remained permeable, that the Cold War would not last and that Soviet attempts to divide the continent permanently would fail. The book’s final section features the testimony of three key protagonists. This book appeals to a wide range of audiences: undergraduate and graduate students, established scholars, policymakers (in Europe and the Americas) and potentially also general readerships interested in the Cold War or in the future of Europe.

About the authors

Piotr H. Kosicki is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, USA.

 

Sławomir Łukasiewicz is Director of the Institute of European Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, and a staff historian at the Institute of National Remembrance. 

Reviews

“A much-needed collection of superb scholarly contributions on the avatars of European Christian Democracy, East and West. Nuanced and penetrating, the essays in this admirable volume definitely enrich our understanding of the political and ideological choices during turbulent and disconcerting times. Highly recommended to all those who want to fathom the origins, dynamics, and future of the European Union project.” (Vladimir Tismaneanu, Professor of Politics, University of Maryland at College Park, USA)

“A timely work that examines European Christian Democracy as it intersects with European integration.  Up-do-date and thorough, with a diverse array of contributors and perspectives.  It takes religion seriously, and is truly transnational in devoting serious attention to Eastern as well as Western Europe.” (James Felak, University of Washington, USA)

“An excellent collection of essays discussing the evolution of Christian Democracy in both Western and Eastern Europe during the 20th century.  The contributors, all top-notch experts on particular countries, convincingly explain why Christian Democracy flourished in some countries but eventually waned in others.  Anyone wanting to understand the ideology and practice of European Christian Democracy will benefit from reading this book, and it will also be of interest to scholars of religion and politics, transnational movements, and political ideologies.” (Mark Kramer, Director, Cold War Studies, Harvard University, USA)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction: From Siege Mentality to Mainstreaming? Researching Twentieth-Century Christian Democracy

    Pages 3-23

    Kaiser, Wolfram

  • Catholic and Christian Democratic Views on Europe Before and After World War II: Continuities and Discontinuities

    Pages 25-55

    Pasture, Patrick

  • Alcide De Gasperi and Konrad Adenauer: A New Approach

    Pages 57-89

    Maio, Tiziana

  • Not Only De Gasperi: Italian Christian Democrats’ Commitment to Europe

    Pages 91-104

    Varsori, Antonio

  • Sainthood vs. Nationhood: The Beatification Causes of Schuman and De Gasperi

    Pages 105-126

    Bar, Wiesław

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Hardcover 139,09 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christian Democracy Across the Iron Curtain
Book Subtitle
Europe Redefined
Editors
  • Piotr H. Kosicki
  • Slawomir Lukasiewicz
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64087-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64087-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64086-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87719-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 468
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