Political Catholicism in Europe 1918-1945
Edited by Wolfram Kaiser, Helmut Wohnout
Routledge – 2004 – 320 pages
This book examines the role of Catholic parties in inter-war Europe in a systematically pan-European comparative perspective.
Specific country chapters address key questions about the parties' membership and social organization; their economic and social policies; and their European and international policies at a time of increasing national and ethnic conflict, and the book includes two survey chapters explaining the origins of political catholicism in 19th century Europe and comparing the parties' interwar development, and two chapters on
transnational party contacts.
Along with its companion volume, Christian Democracy in Europe Since 1945, also published in 2004, students will have an abundandce of information to guide them through their studies on this fascinating subject.
'These two volumes represent a useful and thoughtful contribution to our understanding of the character of interwar Catholic political action, the realignment of the post-1945 European political system and the emergence of a healthy and stable democratic polity.' - Ronald J. Ross, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA
Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies, University of Portsmouth, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. He is joint editor of the companion volume to this set, Christian Democracy in Europe since 1945; and previous publications include Culture Wars: Secular-Catholic Conflict in Nineteenth Century Europe; and Using Europe: Abusing the Europeans: Britain and European Integration 1945-1963. He is currently working on a book on transnational Christian democracy in twentieth century Europe.
Helmut Wohnout is Director of the Karl von Vogelsang Institute in Vienna. He has published widely on contemporary Austrian history, and is the editor of the yearbook Demokratie und Geschichte.