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The Papacy and the New World Order
Vatican Diplomacy, Catholic Opinion and International Politics at the Time of Leo XIII, 1878-1903

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516 p., 45 b/w ill., 170 x 240 mm, 2005
ISBN: 978-90-74461-66-5
Languages: English, French
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In the last quarter of the 19th century, as Western power enveloped the globe "in a fit of absence of mind", European politics became world politics. The age of imperialism coincided with the pontificate of Leo XIII. Would the papacy live up to the historical challenge implicit in this new world order and turn itself into "the Director-general of the Humanitarian forces of the world" (in the words of the Protestant journalist W.T. Stead)?

The internationalisation of the Catholic masses since the middle of the 19th century suggested it could. In the present volume, an international team of 20 scholars examines the triangle between Vatican diplomacy, public opinion and the international environment. They invite us to reassess the significance of Leo's pontificate: in a time when enmpires became more than ever the motors of globalisation, the most imperial among the empires of the spirit could not fail to claim its place.

Dans le dernier quart du XIXe siècle, tandis que la puissance occidentale s'étendait à l'ensemble du globe, la politique européenne se transforma en politique mondiale. L'ère de l'impérialisme coïncida avec le pontificat de Léon XIII. La papauté allait-elle relever le défi historique inhérent à ce nouvel ordre mondial et devenir elle-même "le Directeur général des forces humanitaires du monde" (selon les termes du journaliste protestant W.T. Stead)? L'internationalisation des masses catholiques depuis le milieu du XIXe siècle semblait le présager. Dans ce volume, une équipe internationale de 20 chercheurs étudie le triangle formé par la diplomatie vaticane, l'opinion publique et l'environnement international. Ils nous invitent à ré-évaluer l'importance du pontificat de Léon XIII: à une époque où les empires devinrent plus que jamais les moteurs de la mondialisation, le plus impérial des empires de l'ésprit ne pouvait manquer de revendiquer sa place.

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : Institutional History
Roman Catholic Church in Europe (c. 1648-present)
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Modern history (1801 to present) : main subdisciplines
Political & institutional history
Modern history (1801 to present ) : local & regional history
Low Countries
Italian Peninsula

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