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Author Anderson, John, 1955 September 19-
Title Religious liberty in transitional societies : the politics of religion / John Anderson.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Author Anderson, John, 1955 September 19-
Subject Freedom of religion -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Democracy -- Religious aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Religion and politics -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Europe -- Religion -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 219 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- 1 Introduction -- Regime type and the nature of transition -- Confessional difference -- Modernisation, secularisation and religious economics -- Nationalism and civil religion -- Notes -- 2 Southern Europe: Spain and Greece -- Spain: From Catholic Nationalism to Religious Pluralism -- Political context: the model transition' -- Religious context: from state support to interest group -- Privileging the majority religion? -- On the road to religious liberty -- Greece: two steps forward, one step back? -- Political context: from the colonels to new democracy' -- Religious context: religion as pillar of the nation -- Constitutional, legal and institutional privileging' of the Greek Orthodox Church -- Restricting religious minorities? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 3 Central and Eastern Europe: Poland and Bulgaria -- Poland: rebuilding a Catholic society? -- The political context: transition via negotiation -- The religious context: reclaiming God's playground -- Recreating national Catholicism? -- The position of religious minorities -- Bulgaria: the half-hearted pursuit of privilege -- The political context: a silent transition -- The religious context -- Defining the status of the Orthodox Church -- Restricting minority rights -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 4 The former USSR: Russia and the successor states -- The Russian Federation -- The political context: imperial collapse -- The religious context: the death and rebirth of holy Rus' -- Traditional religions' and the pursuit of recognition -- Handling otherness': regulating religious pluralism -- Sketches from the successor states -- Lithuania -- Latvia -- Georgia -- Armenia -- Kyrgyzstan -- Turkmenistan -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 5 Justifying religious recognition' and/or discrimination -- The actors -- The arguments -- (a) Majoritarianism and the national church -- (b) Moral guardianship, unfair competition and the invasion of the sects' -- (c) Stability and the need for order -- (d) Nationalism and doing it our way' -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 6 Conclusion: modernisation, conflict, culture and religious liberty -- Regime type and the nature of transition -- Confessional difference -- Modernisation, secularisation and religious economics -- Nationalism and civil religion -- Notes -- Select bibliography -- BOOKS, ARTICLES, PAPERS -- JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPERS.
Summary This book explores the politics of religious liberty in states undergoing political change. It examines the claims made by religious institutions on political systems and reveals the role of politicians in manipulating religious issues for their own gain.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 051106215X (electronic bk.)
9780511062155 (electronic bk.)
9780521823968 (cloth)
052182396X (cloth)
052182396X (cloth)
OCLC # 229989884
Additional Format Print version: Anderson, John, Dr. Religious liberty in transitional societies. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003 (DLC) 2002041699

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