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From the Publisher"An important book. . . . Highly recommended . . . for graduate students and scholars."
— The Catholic Historical Review
"A masterful accomplishment, both in its scholarship and its reader-friendly prose style."
— Theological Studies
"Provides an elaborately rich context for understanding modern Catholicism even as it undermines the canonical interpretation of American Catholic history. . . . Groundbreaking, provocative, wide-ranging, and nicely written. . . . Challenges future historians to rethink the history of American Catholicism in an appropriately international context."
— American Historical Review
D'Agostino examines the origins of Catholic conflict with American liberalism, showing how Catholics participated in an international culture of shared myths, rituals, and symbols that glorified papal Rome. When Mussolini and the pope established Vatican City in 1929, American Catholic support of Fascist Italy drew suspicions from liberals in mid-twentieth-century America.
Catholicism is an international religion, and the Catholic Church an internationally important institution. With his careful archival research and innovative analysis of the "Roman question", D'Agostino challenges us to re-think exceptionalist histories of American Catholicism and of Italian immigration, and to take seriously the ideologies that connect the U.S., Italy, and Europe. (Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Pittsburgh)