Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: Religion and the Struggle for European Union: Confessional Culture and the Limits of Integration

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Europe: Religion and the Struggle for European Union: Confessional Culture and the Limits of Integration

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Recent Books: Western Europe: Religion and the Struggle for European Union: Confessional Culture and the Limits of Integration BY BRENT F. NELSEN AND JAMES L. GUTH. Georgetown University Press, 2015, 384 pp.

In the past several years, the rise of the radical right and the spread of Euroskepticism, and, more recently, the vote in favor of a British exit from the eu, have focused attention on the cultural and ideological sources of support for and opposition to European integration. This book focuses on religion, and in particular the split between Catholics and Protestants, which was perhaps the most important division at the time that integration began in the 1950s. Nelsen and Guth revive the notion, once widely held by historians, that Catholics naturally favor integration whereas Protestants naturally oppose it. …

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