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War Against Catholicism Liberalism and the Anti-Catholic Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Germany

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ISBN-10: 0472031309

ISBN-13: 9780472031306

Edition: 2005

Authors: Michael B. Gross

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Michael B. Gross argues that a liberal culture of anti-Catholicism shaped the modern development of Germany including capitalist economics, industrial expansion, national unification, and public and private gender roles. The book shows that anticlericalism and anti-Catholicism, themes long relegated to the margins, are, in fact, of central importance to the history of modern Germany. Gross shows how the portrayal of priests, monks, nuns, and Catholics as medieval, superstitious, and sexually deviant asserted the liberal middle-class claim to social authority. He pays particular attention to the ways anticlericalism, Jesuitphobia, and antimonasticism expressed deeper fears of democracy, mass culture, socialism, women, and the women's movement in the liberal imagination. In doing so, he identifies the moral, social, and cultural imperatives behind the Kulturkampf, the liberal -- and state-sponsored attack against the Catholic Church in the 1870s. The research is based on a wide range of sources including archival materials, journals, newspapers, religious and political books and pamphlets, poetry, literature, illustrations and caricatures, popular petitions, and parliamentary debates. Michael B. Gross is Assistant Professor of History at East Carolina University.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Revolution, the Missionary Crusade, and Catholic Revival
Protestantism, Anti-Catholicism, and the Reconstruction of German Liberalism
The Anti-Catholic Imagination: Visions of the Monastery
The Women's Question, Anti-Catholicism, and the Kulturkampf
Kulturkampf, Unification, and the War against Catholicism
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index