Politics and Religion in Napoleonic Italy: The War Against God, 1801-1814 / Edition 1

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Politics of Religion in Napoleonic Italy explores the intense cultural conflict created by French rule in Italy at the start of the nineteenth century. Napoleon's desire for cultural conformity struck at the heart of Italian religious life. Yet the reforms imposed by French rule created resentment and resistance across Italy, finally leading to Napoleon's famous quarrel with Pope Pious VII. In this fascinating study, Mike Broers traces the events leading up to the ex-communication of Napoleon and the Pope's arrest and exile from Rome. Using previously neglected French and Italian archival sources, this book reveals how the alliance between Church and people grew in the face of alien, imperial rule. It exposes the vital role this union played in preventing Italy from being totally assimilated into the French Empire.
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'Michael Broers' present work ... not only fills a major gap ... but also has a breadth of vision and synthesis substantially lacking in the Italian Studies.' - Modern Italy

'The thesis of this rich study is well argued and the analysis is delivered with striking detail and vivid examples.' - H-France

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415266703
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The eagle of empire and the lamb of God
1 The last barbarian invasion? 1
The motives of French rule in Italy 2
The position of the Tridentine Church 5
2 Centre and periphery: The power and limits of a concept 7
The periphery: First impressions. From 'nuestras Indias' to 'a thousand Vendees' 11
The centre: Saints or soldiers, Catholics or citizens? 19
3 The religion of the rulers 27
4 The religion of the ruled 52
Madonnas and miracles 54
The lay confraternities 66
Liturgical resistance 77
5 The Concordat and the Italian clergy 86
The episcopate 86
The parish clergy 99
The periphery 102
The centre 114
The regular clergy 125
6 The Roman clergy and the crisis of the Oath 146
The Oath and the clergy of the Papal states 150
The Roman diaspora 161
The failure of the Concordat of Fontainebleau 166
The priests, the police and the people 168
7 The war against God 175
Borromeo and Bonaparte 175
Church and state in the nineteenth century 179
A theology for reaction and liberation? 185
Notes 190
Bibliography 221
Index 227
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