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Controversial Concordats: The Vatican's Relations with Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler
This is a survey of the relationship of the Roman Catholic Church with three dictatorial figures in the 19th and 20th centuries: Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler. The essays reveal that the papacy not only played a key role in determining church-state relations in particular countries, but also greatly influenced the general course of international relations and modern histo ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Catholic University of America Press
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Good overview by several noted scholars of the Vatican's political relationship with powerful dictators of powerful European states, ranging from Napoleon and France to Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The concordat was a Vatican document used from the 12th century until the 20th, culminating during the interwar years, and now somewhat outmoded since the death of Pius XII in 1958 and the changes of the Vatican II Council thereafter.