Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Communism and Communion Religious Policy, Church-Based Opposition and Free Space Development: A Comparative Study of East Germany, Poland and Yugoslavia from 1945 to 1989
by Mirescu, Alexander, Ph.D., New School University, 2011, 268; 3461657
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of religious policy as executed in communist Poland, East Germany and Yugoslavia aimed to marginalize national churches. However, by the 1960s, these regimes were forced to accommodate for the relevance of religious life. As national churches and regime officials engaged each other in a process of negotiated response to incentives, church-based free spaces emerged that allowed for less state intervention. Under this protective umbrella, these spaces became the catalyst for oppositional voices, nurturing ideas that challenged the regime's authority. In Poland and East Germany, these spaces espoused liberal-democratic principles, while an exclusionary-nationalist model emerged in Yugoslavia. This dissertation asserts that the process behind the execution of religious policy help to account for this difference.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jung, Courtney
Commitee: Goldfarb, Jeffrey, Htun, Mala, Pollack, Detlef
School: New School University
Department: Political Science
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, East European Studies, Political science
Keywords: Communism, Comparative politics, Democratization, Free space development, Germany, Poland, Religion and politics, Religious policy, Yugoslavia
Publication Number: 3461657
ISBN: 9781124755526
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