Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Papacy Confronts the Modern World

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Papacy Confronts the Modern World

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COPPA, FRANK J. The Papacy Confronts the Modern World. [The Anvil Series.] (Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company. 2003. Pp. xii, 178. $19.50 paperback.)

Dr. Frank J. Coppa, professor of history at St. John's University, has provided this little volume for the Anvil Series of concise histories, which will be of use to the general reader and to the beginning student who looks to place the many historical details of the modern papacy (since 1775) into some chronological, as well as broad political, economic, social, and religious contexts. The 124 pages of very condensed history and analysis are followed by forty pages of small excerpts of thirty-one well chosen papal and other documents intended to illustrate points made in the text. The select bibliography consists of a helpful listing of English-language materials, "readily available" and "geared to the general reader." Though there are no illustrations or maps, there is a concise index.

Coppa examines the policies of sixteen papacies, from the time of the French Revolution through the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Considerably more attention is paid to the twentieth century than to the previous years addressed. …

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