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Universalism and Liberation
Italian Catholic Culture and the Idea of International Community, 1963–1978
After decades of a problematic, if not plainly hostile, approach to modernity by Catholic culture, the 1960s marked the beginning of a new era. As the Church employed a more positive approach to the world, voices in the Catholic milieu embraced a...
Sign or Symptom?
Exceptional Corporeal Phenomena in Religion and Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Described as 'the hand of God', as ‘pathological’ or even as ‘a clever trick’, exceptional corporeal phenomena such as miraculous cures, stigmata, and incorrupt corpses have triggered heated debates in the past. Depending on their definition as either...
World Views and Worldly Wisdom
Religion, Ideology and Politics, 1750-2000
Emiel Lamberts, professor emeritus of contemporary history at KU Leuven, is an international expert in the political and religious history of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work and the central themes in his research are the focus of World Views and Worldly Wisdom.
The Struggle with Leviathan
Social Responses to the Omnipotence of the State, 1815-1965
The opposition to the omnipotence of the state had a significant impact on the political organization of European society. The Struggle with Leviathan pays special attention to the social strategy to counterbalance the power of the state and is structured around the fascinating biography of the Austrian diplomat Gustav von Blome.
Mission and Science
Missiology Revised/Missiologie revisitée, 1850–1940
Mission & Science deals with the interaction between new scientific disciplines (historiography, geography, ethnology, anthropology, linguistics) and new scientific insights (Darwin's evolutionary theory, heliocentrism), as well as the role of the papacy and what inspired missionary practice (first in China and the Far East and later in Africa).
Polity and the Catholic Church—Laws about Life, Death and the Family in So-called Catholic Countries
For centuries the Catholic Church was able to impose its ethical rules in matters related to the intimate, that is, questions concerning life in the so-called Catholic countries in Western Europe. When the polity started to introduce legislation in opposition to the Catholic ethic, the ecclesiastical authorities and part of the population reacted.
Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
This book revisits the Christian home of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and sheds light on the stereotypical distinction between the private and public spheres and their inhabitants.
Religious Institutes and Catholic Culture in 19th- and 20th-Century Europe
This volume examines the cultural contribution of religious institutes, men and women religious, and their role in the constitution of Catholic communities of communication in England, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Low Countries, the Nordic countries, and Switzerland.
The Pious Sex
Catholic Constructions of Masculinity and Femininity in Belgium, c. 1800–1940
Tine Van Osselaer seeks to clarify how the gender differentiation was created among Catholics in nineteenth-century Beligium.
The Economics of Providence
Management, Finances and Patrimony of Religious Orders and Congregations in Europe, 1773–ca. 1930