Religion and the People of Western Europe 1789-1990 by Hugh McLeod

Religion and the People of Western Europe 1789-1990

byHugh McLeod

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From the end of the eighteenth century, throughout western Europe, the official clergy, champions of privilege and tradition, were challenged by religious dissenters and minorities. Chapel confronted church in Britain and Scandinavia; Catholics struggled against Protestants in Germany andIreland. The war between anti-clerical and Catholic in France and Spain reached its climax in the Spanish Bloodbath of the 1930s. This book clearly maps out these polarizations and analyses the impact on religion of socialism, capitalism and the growth of cities. It examines the contrasts between the religion of the middle and working classes and between men and women. It discusses the appeal of movements like Methodism,Secularism, and Ultramontane Catholicism, and considers the crisis faced by the churches in many countries in the 1960s. A new concluding chapter examines the role of religion up to 1990, and how it has been affected by modern changes in society and beliefs.

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Hugh McLeod is Professor of Church History and Head of the Department of Theology at the University of Birmingham.
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Title:Religion and the People of Western Europe 1789-1990Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:November 1, 1997

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Preface1. The Revolution2. Social Cleavage3. Three Kinds of Religion4. The Countryside5. Urbanisation6. The Urban Middle Class7 The Working Class. 8. Fragmentation9. [new conclusion]NotesFurther ReadingAppendixMapsIndex

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`The scope and the breadth of the author's analysis make this an excellent introduction.'Religious Studies Review