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Gunpowder and incense : the Catholic Church and the Spanish Civil War /
Hilary Raguer ; translated from Spanish by Gerald Howson.
imprint
London : Routledge, 2007.
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xix, 418 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0415318890 (alk. paper)
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London : Routledge, 2007.
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0415318890 (alk. paper)
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Translated from the Spanish.
catalogue key
6073166
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
For decades, historians have struggled to explicate the role of Catholic leaders during the Fascist/Nazi era. Raguer, a Benedictine monk, has explored the Catholic dimension of the Spanish Civil War ever since his own groundbreaking study in 1977. This most recent book is a scholarly, lucid analysis of the role of the Catholic Church in Spanish politics from the inception of the republic until Franco's victory. Raguer has spent decades gaining access to Spanish archives in order to illuminate this multidimensional struggle that was a class war and a military engagement against liberal regionalists, as well as a crusade against socialism, communism, and liberal democracy. The church provided a religious legitimacy for the nationalist dictatorship that was, clerical leaders hoped, going to enshrine Catholic values in the political life of Spain. Another story, however, has also emerged from the archives. In the Basque country and even in parts of Old Castile, for example, many priests adopted a liberal stance that had not been explored in any English-language studies before Raguer's current work. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. J. Dietrich Boston College
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. . . Without any doubt, the most nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the subject anywhere in existence. -Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History, Royal Holloway, University of London Ground-breaking ... this study is a most valuable addition to the literature on the Civil War and will become indispensable for its balanced understanding of a most complicated field of history - Contemporary Review Scholars of modern Spain and, indeed, the Church in twentieth-century Europe more generally must not hesitate to refer to this engrossing, thoroughly researched, and perspective-changing work. - Raymond McCluskey, The Catholic Historical Review
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, in particular during the Spanish Civil war. The author looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle.
Long Description
The history of the Catholic Church in Spain in the twentieth century parallels that of the country itself. This volume chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, looking in particular at the Spanish Civil War. Unlike most books on the subject, the author looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle. The material is presented in a lucid and elegant manner, which makes this book as readable as it is historiographically important.
Back Cover Copy
Now available in English for the first time, Gunpowder and Incense (translated from the Spanish La PÃ[3]lvora y el Incienso ) chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, looking in particular at the Spanish Civil War. Unlike most books on the subject, Hilari Raguer looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle. His writing presents an exemplary "insider's" perspective, and is notable for its balance and perception on the role of the Catholic Church before, during and after the War. The material is presented in a lucid, elegant manner - which makes this book as readable as it is historiographically important. It will be vital reading for students and scholars of European, religious and modern history.
Main Description
Now available in English for the first time, Gunpowder and Incense(translated from the Spanish La Pólvora y el Incienso) chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, looking in particular at the Spanish Civil War. Unlike most books on the subject, Hilari Raguer looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle. His writing presents an exemplary "insider's" perspective, and is notable for its balance and perception on the role of the Catholic Church before, during and after the War. The material is presented in a lucid, elegant manner - which makes this book as readable as it is historiographically important. It will be vital reading for students and scholars of European, religious and modern history.
Back Cover Copy
Now available in English for the first time, Gunpowder and Incense (translated from the Spanish La Pòlvora y el Incienso ) chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, looking in particular at the Spanish Civil War. Unlike most books on the subject, Hilari Raguer looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle. His writing presents an exemplary "insider's" perspective, and is notable for its balance and perception on the role of the Catholic Church before, during and after the War. The material is presented in a lucid, elegant manner - which makes this book as readable as it is historiographically important. It will be vital reading for students and scholars of European, religious and modern history.
Back Cover Copy
"... without any doubt, the most nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the subject anywhere in existence" - Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History, Royal Holloway, University of London. The history of the Catholic Church in Spain in the twentieth century parallels that of the country itself. Gunpowder and Incense (translated from the Spanish La PÃ[3]lvora y el Incienso ) chronicles the role of the Church in Spanish politics, looking in particular at the Spanish Civil War. Unlike most books on the subject, Hilari Raguer looks beyond the traditional explanation that the war was primarily a religious struggle. His writing presents an exemplary "insider's" perspective, and is notable for its balance and perception on the role of the Catholic Church before, during and after the War. Now available in English for the first time, the material is presented in a lucid, elegant manner - which makes this book as readable as it is historiographically important. It will be vital reading for students and scholars of European, religious and modern history.
Table of Contents
Prologue
Introduction
The religious Question during the Spanish Republic
The Initial Reasons for the Rebellion
From the Pronunciamiento to the Crusade
The Initial Attitude of the Spanish Bishops
The Initial Attitude of the Vatican
The Collective Letter
Persecution and Repression
Stories of Persecution and Repression
Franco's Relations with the Vatican are Strengthened
The Third Spain
The Republic Desires Reconciliation with the Church
The Exile of Cardinal Vidal i Barraquer
The Church of Victory
Documentary Appendix
Chronology
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Index
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