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By Paul A. Hanebrink

In this crucial historic account of the position that faith performed in defining the political lifetime of a contemporary nationwide society, Paul A. Hanebrink exhibits how Hungarian nationalists redefined Hungary―a liberal society within the 19th century―as a narrowly "Christian" country within the aftermath of worldwide battle I. Drawing on extraordinary archival examine, Hanebrink uncovers how political and non secular leaders demanded that "Christian values" effect public lifestyles whereas insisting that faith shouldn't ever be lowered to the prestige of an easy nationalist symbol.

In security of Christian Hungary additionally explores the emergence of the concept a damaging "Jewish spirit" was once the nationwide enemy. In combining the historic research of antisemitism with more moderen issues of faith and nationalism, Hanebrink addresses a big query in primary eu historiography: how international locations that were which includes Jews prior to global struggle I grew to become rabidly antisemitic through the interwar interval. As he lines the an important and complicated legacy of religion's position in shaping exclusionary antisemitic politics in Hungary, Hanebrink follows the method from its origins within the Eighteen Nineties to the Holocaust and beyond.

More commonly, In protection of Christian Hungary squarely addresses the connection among antisemitic phrases and antisemitic violence and among faith and racial politics, deeply contested matters within the background of twentieth-century Europe. The Hungarian instance is a chilling demonstration of the way spiritual nationalism can discover a domestic even inside of a pluralist and tolerant civil society.

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