Catholicism in the Second Spanish Republic: Religion and Politics in Salamanca 1930-1936 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
  • Catholicism in the Second Spanish Republic: Religion and Politics in Salamanca 1930-1936 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)
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Catholicism in the Second Spanish Republic: Religion and Politics in Salamanca 1930-1936 - Oxford Historical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 28/03/1996
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The Second Spanish Republic survived unchallenged for a mere five years, its fall plunging Spain into a bitter civil war. The brief political history of the republic was characterized by the rapid polarization of right and left - a process in which religion played a crucial role. Many of the ordinary faithful came to feel excluded from the new Republic, whilst those who aspired to lead them insisted that to be Catholic was to be anti-Republican. Mary Vincent examines this crucial period in Spanish history, focusing on Salamaca, the home province of the leader of the principal confessional party. Jose Maria Gil Robles, and the place where the right mobilized earlier than anywhere else in Spain. The author demonstrates how political choice was eroded under the Second Republic, and reveals how popular religiosity came to be the right's most potent weapon. This original and important new analysis throws new light on the origins of the Spanish Civil War and on the controversies over who bore ultimate responsibility for the conflict.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198206132
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 224 x 146 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
What is novel and exciting about Mary Vincent's book is that it is the first social history of mobilization by the forces of the right. * Susan Tax Freeman, American Historical Review, Feb. 99. *
Why Nelken was right is graphically explained in Mary Vincent's vivid account of the class dimension of female religiosity in her wide-ranging study of Catholic society and politics in Spain...Vincent's study is required reading...This is the best kind of local study, casting its light far beyond the confines of the area studied...Sharply and elegantly written, with frequent shafts of wit and irony * Times Higher Education Supplement *
Building her fascinating account from patchy and unpromising source material, Dr Vincent successfully evokes and fairly explains the Salmantine version of the traditional Catholic world-view and ... valuably details the work of the orders and laity in providing schooling and social assistance when there were minimal secular facilities ... well-written work enriched by vivid quotations. * R.A.H. Robinson, University of Birmingham, History, Vol. 83, No. 269 *

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