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The battle for the Catholic past in Germany, 1945-1980 / Mark Edward Ruff (Saint Louis University, Missouri)

Publication | Library Call Number: BX1536 .R84 2017

"Were Pope Pius XII and the Catholic Church in Germany unduly singled out after 1945 for their conduct during the National Socialist era? Mark Edward Ruff explores the bitter controversies that broke out in the Federal Republic of Germany from 1945 to 1980 over the Catholic Church's relationship to the Nazis. He explores why these cultural wars consumed such energy, dominated headlines, triggered lawsuits and required the intervention of foreign ministries. He argues that the controversies over the church's relationship to National Socialism were frequently surrogates for conflicts over how the church was to position itself in modern society--in politics, international relations and the media. More often than not, these exchanges centered on problems perceived as arising from the postwar political ascendancy of Roman Catholics and the integration of Catholic citizens into the societal mainstream"--Provided by publisher.

Book cover
Format
Book
Author/Creator
Ruff, Mark Edward, author.
Published
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
©2017
Includes bibliographical references (pages 376-384) and index
Locale
Germany
Germany (West)
Europe
Deutschland
Language
English
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