Catholicism and the Great War Hardback

Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1922

by Patrick F. Houlihan;

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Catholicism and the Great War

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This transnational comparative history of Catholic everyday religion in Germany and Austria-Hungary during the Great War transforms our understanding of the war's cultural legacy. Challenging master narratives of secularization and modernism, Houlihan reveals that Catholics from the losing powers had personal and collective religious experiences that revise the decline-and-fall stories of church and state during wartime. Focusing on private theologies and lived religion, Houlihan explores how believers adjusted to industrial warfare. Giving voice to previously marginalized historical actors, including soldiers as well as women and children on the home front, he creates a family history of Catholic religion, supplementing studies of the clergy and bishops. His findings shed new light on the diversity of faith in this period and how specifically Catholic forms of belief and practice enabled people from the losing powers to cope with the war much more successfully than previous cultural histories have led us to believe.

Catholicism and the Great War by Patrick F. Houlihan was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2015. The ISBN for Catholicism and the Great War is 9781107035140.

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Details for Catholicism and the Great War

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2015)
Number of Pages302
Thickness17 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4309914
Page last updated 6th June 2018
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