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The Minority VoiceHubert Butler and Southern Irish Protestantism, 1900-1991$
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Robert Tobin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641567.001.0001

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Christianity, Mass Society, and Cold War, 1945–72

Christianity, Mass Society, and Cold War, 1945–72

(p.116) 4 Christianity, Mass Society, and Cold War, 1945–72
The Minority Voice

Robert Tobin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Butler's writings after the Second World War and his efforts to confront the impact of totalitarian thought on Western society. It offers close readings of some of his most prominent post‐war writings, and in the process, introduces his preoccupation with exposing the compulsory conversion campaign waged against Orthodox Serbs in Croatia during the war. It accounts for how this concern led to the most traumatic experience of his public life, the so‐called ‘Papal Nuncio Incident’ of 1952. It explores his concern with the creeping anonymity of modern life, exploited by totalitarian regimes before and during the war but also evident after the war in the capitalist West. His travels in China in the fifties, as well as in Europe and the USA in the sixties, confirmed for him this assessment.

Keywords:   Totalitarianism, Compulsory Conversion Campaign, Cardinal Stepinac, Ante Pavelitch, Anti‐Communism, Cold War, Peadar O'Donnell, Papal Nuncio Incident, Mass Society, Maoist China

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