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Individuals struggle to find meaning within the chaos of states undergoing political change. Religious elites seek to define their role within the new order while political elites search for new ways to ensure legitimacy and develop national unity. Contrasting the politics of religious liberty in a number of Southern and Eastern European countries, John Anderson explores the broader issue of creating a democratic mentality in such transitional societies. In the process he exposes the use of privilege and discrimination practiced by religious and political elites in these societies.
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Southern Europe: Spain and Greece; 3. Central and Eastern Europe: Poland and Bulgaria; 4. The former USSR: Russia and the successor states; 5. Justifying religious 'recognition' and/or discrimination; 6. Conclusion: culture, conflict, modernisation and religious liberty; Select bibliography; Index.