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Vatican II Behind the Iron Curtain
edited by Piotr H. Kosicki
Catholic University of America Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8132-2913-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8132-2912-6
Library of Congress Classification BX830 1962.V3225 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 262.52

The goal of this volume is to begin writing Central and Eastern Europe back into the story of the Second Vatican Council, its origins, and its consequences. This volume assembles - for the first time in any language - a broad overview of the place of four different Communist-run countries - Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Yugoslavia - in the story of the Council. Framing these is an account of how the Cold War impacted the Council and its reception. The book engages with both English-language scholarship and the national historiographies of the countries that it examines, offering a global lens on the present state of research (covering all relevant languages) and seeking to propel that research forward. All of the chapters draw on both non-English secondary literature and original primary sources - some published, some archival.
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