Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe

Christianity and Modernity in Eastern Europe

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Religious history more generally has experienced an exciting revival over the past few years, with new methodological and theoretical approaches invigorating the field. The time has definitely come for this "new religious history" to arrive in Eastern Europe. This book explores the influence of the Christian churches in Eastern Europe's social, cultural, and political history. Drawing upon archival sources, the work fills a vacuum as few scholars have systematically explored the history of Christianity in the region.The result of a three-year project, this collective work challenges readers with questions like: Is secularization a useful concept in understanding the long-term dynamics of religiosity in Eastern Europe? Is the picture of oppression and resistance an accurate way to characterize religious life under communism, or did Christians and communists find ways to co-exist on the local level prior to 1989? And what role did Christians actually play in dissident movements under communism? Perhaps most important is the question: what does the study of Eastern Europe contribute to the broader study of modern Christian history, and what can we learn from the interpretative problems that arise, uniquely, from this region? 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789639776654
Publisher: Central European University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bruce R. Berglund is Associate Professor of History, Calvin College, Michigan.

Brian Porter-Szucs is Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Maps VII

List of Tables VIII

Foreword Hugh McLeod IX

Preface XIII

Introduction: Christianity, Christians, and the Story of Modernity in Eastern Europe Brian Porter-Szucs 1

Religion in Urban Everyday Life: Shaping Modernity in Lódz and Manchester, 1820-1914 Andreas Kossert 53

Christianity, Nation, State: The Case of Christian Hungary Paul Hanebrink 61

Searching for a "Fourth Path": Czech Catholicism between Liberalism, Communism, and Nazism Martin C. Putna 85

The Roman Catholic Church Navigates the New Slovakia, 1945-1948 James Ramon Felak 111

Bulwark or Patchwork? Religious Exceptionalism and Regional Diversity in Postwar Poland James Bjork 129

Competing Concepts of "Reunification" behind the Liquidation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Natalia Shlikhta 159

From Bottom to the Top and Back: On How to Build a Church in Communist Romania Anca Sincan 191

Human Rights as a Theological and Political Controversy among East German and Czech Protestants Katharina Kunter 217

State Management of the Seer Vanga: Power, Medicine, and the "Remaking" of Religion in Socialist Bulgaria Galia Valtchinova 245

Constructing Peace in the GDR: Conscientious Objection and Compromise among Christians, 1962-1989 David Doellinger 269

On the Ruin of Christendom: Religious Politics and the Challenge of Islam in the New West Patrick Hyder Patterson 293

Drafting a Historical Geography of East European Christianity Bruce R. Berglund 329

List of Contributors 373

Index 375

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