James Chappel '05 – The Miracle of Reconstruction: Catholic Political Economy and the Origins of Christian Democracy in Europe, 1920-1950James Chappel '05 – The Miracle of Reconstruction: Catholic Political Economy and the Origins of Christian Democracy in Europe, 1920-1950http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/242611Magill Philips Wing2013-11-01T16:00:002013-11-01T17:15:00
November 1, 4:00PM–5:15PM
Magill Philips Wing
Young Academic Alumni Lecture Sponsored by the History Department and the Libraries
Friday, November 1, 2013
Tea at 4:00 p.m.
Talk at 4:15 p.m.
Philips Wing, Magill Library
"The Miracle of Reconstruction: Catholic Political Economy and the Origins of Christian Democracy in Europe, 1920-1950"
Lecture by James Chappel '05, Assistant Professor of History, Duke University
After World War II, Christian Democratic parties swept to power in almost every European nation that held free elections. These were new parties, and in many cases they stayed in power for decades. By some measures, Christian Democracy was the most successful political movement in twentieth century Europe. Where, though, did it come from? Catholics, who helmed and voted for these parties, had after all been highly suspicious of parliamentary government for decades. How were they the ones who, in the end, saved European democracy after its gravest challenge? This talk will explore the transformations, and the surprising continuities, in the European Catholic experience, showing that Christian Democracy was an organic outgrowth of decades of Catholic political, social, and economic thinking. This leads us to the tremendous paradox that modern Europe—the democratic, capitalist, modernizing Europe born from the ashes of war—was largely a creation of Catholicism, Europe's ancient faith.
James Chappel is Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. He received a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and spent one year at the Society of Fellows at the University of Chicago.
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