Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics, and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia

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Duke University Press, 1998 - 424 pagini
Nihil Obstat—Latin for "nothing stands in the way"—examines the interplay between religion and politics in East-Central Europe and Russia. While focusing on the postcommunist, late twentieth century, Sabrina P. Ramet discusses developments as far back as the eleventh century to explain the patterns that have developed over time and to show how they still affect contemporary interecclesiastical relations as well as those among Church, state, and society.
Based on interview research in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, and Macedonia, and on materials published in German, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, and English, Ramet paints a clear picture of the political and religious fragility of former communist states, which are experiencing some aspects of freedom and choice for the first time. With its comprehensive discussion of the largest religious institutions in the area, especially the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and its extensive survey of nontraditional religious associations that have become active in the region since 1989, this study makes a distinct contribution to growing discussions about the rise of fundamentalism and the inner dilemmas of modernity. With its depth of information and thoughtful exploration of cultural traditions, Nihil Obstat uniquely presents the ramifications and complexities of European religion in a postcommunist world.
 

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Phases in Communist Religious Policy
10
Varieties of Christianity in East Germany
53
Catholicism and National Culture in Poland Hungary
90
The Catholic Church Among the Czechs and Slovaks
121
Nation and Religion in Yugoslavia
147
The Russian Orthodox Church in Transition
229
Ukraines Fractious Churches
246
Europe
265
Orthodox Church and the Polish Catholic Church
275
Notes
341
Index
409
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Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Social Currents in Eastern Europe (Duke University Press).

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