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As If God Existed: Religion and Liberty in the History of Italy

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Religion and liberty are often thought to be mutual enemies: if religion has a natural ally, it is authoritarianism--not republicanism or democracy. But in this book, Maurizio Viroli, a leading historian of republican political thought, challenges this conventional wisdom. He argues that political emancipation and the defense of political liberty have always required the s ...more
ebook, 376 pages
Published September 9th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam Schulman
Fascinating collection of accounts of religious opponents of Mussolini's Fascism from the 20s to 40s. Some will find it aggressively Catholic (what else could it be). If you are not familiar with the history of the Mussolini regime and its liberal opponents you will be more than somewhat lost, as these writers are thrown at you without much context, except the date of their exile and their relationship with B. Croce, the touchstone of virtue for the author.
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