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Religion, Politics and Preferment in France since 1890

Religion, Politics and Preferment in France since 1890
La Belle Epoque and its Legacy

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Part of The Wiles Lectures

  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522700

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  • This book is the first to investigate the problems that committed Catholics allegedly faced if they sought careers in state employment under the Third Republic in France. Using ministerial, Masonic, and ecclesiastical archives, including Vatican papers hitherto unused, it examines the factors underlying these discriminatory attitudes--notably the claims of Catholic involvement in the right-wing subversive activities of the late 1890s--while later chapters explore the degree to which these attitudes evaporated under later regimes, despite the traumas of the Vichy years.

    • The first book to investigate the unusual subject of religious and political discrimination in France from the 1890s to the present day
    • Elegantly and stylishly written
    • Uses a vast array of church and state archives, including hitherto unknown Vatican material
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Not the least of this volume's strengths is its evocation of a bygone era when family values sustained rather than undermined the welfare state." Philip Nord, Princeton University

    "Maurice Larkin's work is unquestionably important to our understanding of the politics of preferment and exclusion on the basis of religious belief in modern France. Larkin is the preeminent scholar of the Catholic Church and religious politics in modern France. This little book, his revision of the Wiles lectures given at Queens University, Belfast, in 1986, is important and ground-breaking scholarship. At the same time, the issues it addresses evoke our understanding of the shaping of the political culture of individuals and groups who have been marginalized by prejudice and discrimination....This work is a professional historian's delight as Larkin brings to this study a fascinating ability to convey the complicated diplomatic and domestic relations between various Catholic groups and anti-regime forces.' Myrna Chase, History

    "The suthor writes in a clear and forceful, often witty, style which is a joy to read. This valuable, well-researched, and remarkable work clarifies the church-state problem such as the attitudes of the Vatican, the role of the Grand Orient in supporting republican policies, especially in the Affaire des fiches of 1904." Walter D. Gray, The Catholic Historical Review

    "An engaging and valuable study." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522700
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. As It Was: Catholic and the Republic 1890–1914:
    1. Ralliés et dérailleurs: Catholics and subversion
    2. Le sabre et le goupillon: Catholics and the army
    3. Raison d'état, raison d'église: the Roman dimension
    Part II. As It Was: Catholics and State Employment:
    4. Problems and principles
    5. Patterns of preferment
    6. Ronds-de-cuir, genoux de chameau: other sectors
    7. The Brotherhood at work
    8. Marianne at school
    Part III. As It Became:
    9. La grande illusion? 1914–1939
    10. The leopard's spots, 1940–1960
    11. Croquet through the looking glass: rules and identity in question, 1960–1994

  • Author

    Maurice Larkin, University of Edinburgh

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