Protestant minorities in European states and nations

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Title: Protestant minorities in European states and nations
Authors: Ruane, Joseph
Todd, Jennifer
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Date: 2009
Online since: 2010-08-17T15:39:20Z
Abstract: Europe’s traditional ethnic minorities and the conflicts over their place in the state and nation are the focus of continuing comparative research. In contrast, little attention is paid to Europe’s older religious conflicts, in particular those that stem from the reformation. Yet for long religiously informed conflict was the principal source of internal state division and the major perceived threat to state stability and security. This paper looks at the institutional changes and cultural renegotiations which allowed traditional religious oppositions, rivalries and conflicts to fade in most contemporary European societies. It concludes that neither modernisation, democratisation nor secularisation were enough to resolve deep-set tensions. The long-term resolutions involved a restructuring of polity and nation in a way consistent with minority, as well as majority culture. In the past – as perhaps also in the present - such opportunities were rare and demanded choice, strategy and political fortune.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Discussion Papers : Politics and Identity Series: Politics and Identity; 1
Keywords: ConflictProtestantsEuropeMinorities
Subject LCSH: Religious minorities--Europe
Ethnic conflict--Europe
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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