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Faith & the Fury: Popular Anticlerical Violence & Iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936

Thomas, Maria

Published by Sussex Academic Press
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Title: Faith & the Fury: Popular Anticlerical ...

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Num Pages: 272 pages. BIC Classification: HBJD; HBLW; HBWP; HRAM9. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 236 x 152 x 22. Weight in Grams: 590. . 2012. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781845197315

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Synopsis: The five-year period following the proclamation of the Republic in April 1931 was marked by physical assaults upon the property and public ritual of the Spanish Catholic Church. These attacks were generally carried out by rural and urban anticlerical workers who were frustrated by the Republics practical inability to tackle the Churchs vast power. On 17- 18 July 1936, a right-wing military rebellion divided Spain geographically, provoking the radical fragmentation of power in territory which remained under Republican authority. The coup marked the beginning of a conflict which developed into a full-scale civil war. Anticlerical protagonists, with the reconfigured structure of political opportunities working in their favour, participated in an unprecedented wave of iconoclasm and violence against the clergy. During the first six months of the conflict, innumerable religious buildings were destroyed and almost 7,000 religious personnel were killed. To date, scholarly interpretations of these violent acts were linked to irrationality, criminality and primitiveness. However, the reasons for these outbursts are more complex and deep-rooted: Spanish popular anti-clericalism was undergoing a radical process of reconfiguration during the first three decades of the twentieth century. During a period of rapid social, cultural and political change, anticlerical acts took on new -- explicitly political -- meanings, becoming both a catalyst and a symptom of social change. After 17--18 July 1936, anticlerical violence became a constructive force for many of its protagonists: an instrument with which to build a new society. This book explores the motives, mentalities and collective identities of the groups involved in anti-clericalism during the pre-war Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War, and is essential reading for all those interested in twentieth-century Spanish history. Published in association with the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies.

About the Author: Maria Thomas completed her Ph.D. at Royal Holloway University of London. She has also studied at the London School of Economics and at Cardiff University. Her research interests include anti-clericalism, religion, secularisation and political violence in 1930s Spain. She is the author of various journal articles on these topics.

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