This article traces the deep cultural and experiential foundations that animated Christian Democratic Europeanism between the mid-1940s and the birth of the European Economic Community in the late 1950s. It shows how the language of Europeanness, generated in a period of multiple and intense crisis, congealed around symbolisms of Christianity and spirituality. More specifically, it connects the post-Second World War Christian Democratic vision of Europe to the 1920s German-Catholic articulation of the Abendland (the Christian West), understood as a supranational and symbolic space alternative to the Soviet Union and the United States and imbued with anti-materialist, anti-socialist and anti-liberal principles. The argument here is that, in mutated form and in context of the Cold War, this view sustained the political reconstruction of Western Europe after the horrors of the Second World War, the ‘European’ thought and language of Christian Democracy and the commitment to the project of European integration.

The Politics of the Abendland: Christian Democracy and the Idea of Europe After the Second World War / Forlenza, R. - In: CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN HISTORY. - ISSN 0960-7773. - 26:2(2017), pp. 261-286. [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960777317000091]

The Politics of the Abendland: Christian Democracy and the Idea of Europe After the Second World War

FORLENZA R
2017

Abstract

This article traces the deep cultural and experiential foundations that animated Christian Democratic Europeanism between the mid-1940s and the birth of the European Economic Community in the late 1950s. It shows how the language of Europeanness, generated in a period of multiple and intense crisis, congealed around symbolisms of Christianity and spirituality. More specifically, it connects the post-Second World War Christian Democratic vision of Europe to the 1920s German-Catholic articulation of the Abendland (the Christian West), understood as a supranational and symbolic space alternative to the Soviet Union and the United States and imbued with anti-materialist, anti-socialist and anti-liberal principles. The argument here is that, in mutated form and in context of the Cold War, this view sustained the political reconstruction of Western Europe after the horrors of the Second World War, the ‘European’ thought and language of Christian Democracy and the commitment to the project of European integration.
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
politics_of_the_abendland_christian_democracy_and_the_idea_of_europe_after_the_second_world_war.pdf

Solo gestori archivio

Tipologia: Versione dell'editore
Licenza: DRM non definito
Dimensione 241.65 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
241.65 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11385/192469
Citazioni
  • Scopus 26
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 22
social impact