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Faith and Fatherland: Catholicism, Modernity, and Poland

Brian Porter-Szucs


This book explores how a universalistic religion like Roman Catholicism could become so closely intertwined with a particularistic worldview like nationalism. It is usually taken for granted that Poland is a Catholic nation, but in fact the country’s apparent religious homogeneity is a relatively recent development, supported as much by ideology as demography. The emergence and development of that ideological framework from the late 19th century to the present is the topic of this book. Each chapter takes a keyword from Polish Catholic rhetoric and explores its shifting meanings over this tumu ... More

Keywords: Polish Catholicism, Pope John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła, Marianism, antisemitism, nationalism, conspiracy theories, ecclesiology, social Catholicism, personalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195399059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Porter-Szucs, author
University of Michigan