Austria and the papacy in the age of Metternich /
Alan J. Reinerman.
Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, c1979-c1989
2 v. ; 24 cm.
0813205484 (v. 1)
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Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, c1979-c1989
0813205484 (v. 1)
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v. 1. Between conflict and cooperation, 1809-1830 -- v. 2. Revolution and reaction, 1830-1838.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-09-01:
When the Reinerman published the first volume of this study in 1979, he envisioned a work of two volumes, with a midpoint of 1830. His research has, however, led him to limit the second volume to the period 1830-38, with a third and final volume to follow. What Reinerman has produced so far is a thoroughly researched study that is well written, neatly organized, and balanced in perspective. Austrian Papal relations operated on several planes in which both sides pursued their common interests, albeit against elements of friction. Metternich hoped to achieve what the author terms "a union of Throne and Altar" against liberal and nationalist subversion, a policy that sometimes led to a not entirely welcome Austrian meddling in the Papal States' domestic affairs. Both sides worked to preserve their common territorial interests by reestablishing and protecting Italy's prerevolutionary frontiers, despite Papal uneasiness over Austrian hegemony. Finally, both worked to strengthen the church's role within the Hapsburg empire, a task made especially difficult by the durability of Austrian Josephism. The second volume offers neither an introduction nor a conclusion. It is also rather more detailed than the first, perhaps too much so. Both volumes constitute, however, a valuable addition for university libraries. C. Ingrao Purdue University
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