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The papacy in the age of totalitarianism, 1914-1958

Author: John F Pollard
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford history of the Christian Church.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism, 1914-1958 examines the most momentous years in papal history. Popes Benedict XV (1914-1922), Pius XI (1922-1939), and Pius XII (1939-1958) faced the challenges of two world wars and the Cold War, and threats posed by totalitarian dictatorships like Italian Fascism, German National Socialism, and Communism in Russia and China. The wars imposed enormous strains upon the unity  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F Pollard
ISBN: 9780199208562 0199208565 0191026573 9780191026577 0191026581 9780191026584
OCLC Number: 905526462
Description: xvi, 544 pages : portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
'Useless Slaughter', Benedict XV and the First World War --
Benedict XV, The Post-War World and the Church --
Pius XI, Italian Fascism and the Conciliazione --
Pius XI, The Teacher and his Church --
The 'Foreign Policy' of Pius XI in the 1920s --
Pius XI and the Dictators, 1930-1939 --
Pius XII, Peace Diplomacy and War --
Pius XII, War and Fascist Genocides --
Pius XII, Communism and the Cold War --
'Angelic Pastor?' Pius XII and the World-wide Church --
The Papacy in the Age of Totalitarianism.
Series Title: Oxford history of the Christian Church.
Responsibility: John Pollard.


This book is an in-depth study of the papacy between 1914 and 1958, incorporating the latest research and including a discussion of the key related historiographical debates to date.  Read more...


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This book is a valuable overview of developments in the papacy in the first half of the twentieth century. * Peter C. Kent, University of New Brunswick, Journal of Ecclesiastical History * Pollard's Read more...

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