Protestant minorities in European States and nations

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Title: Protestant minorities in European States and nations
Authors: Ruane, Joseph
Todd, Jennifer
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2431
Date: Mar-2009
Abstract: Little attention has been paid in the recent scholarly literature to Europe's old religious conflicts - particularly those that stem from the Reformation. Yet for a long time religiously informed conflict was the principal source of internal state division and the major perceived threat to state stability and security. This article looks at the institutional changes and cultural renegotiations that allowed traditional religious oppositions, rivalries and conflicts to fade in most contemporary European societies. Focusing on the Czech, French and Irish cases, it argues 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 - and perhaps also in the present - such opportunities were rare and demanded choice, strategy and political fortune.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright (published version): 2009 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: ProtestantMinorityReligious conflictsReformation divisionsStatesDemocratisationMinority-majority relations
Subject LCSH: Religious minorities--Europe
Protestants--Europe
Ethnic conflict--Europe
Democratization
DOI: 10.1080/14608940802680953
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection
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