The Globalization of Christian Democracy: Religious Entanglements in the Making of Modern Politics

Rosario Forlenza*, Bjørn Thomassen

*Corresponding author

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This article throws light on a crucial, yet overlooked, aspect of global entanglements that significantly came to shape modern politics: the global spread of Catholic ideas that, from the late nineteenth century and through the twentieth century, became translated into various political platforms and, eventually, into Christian Democratic parties. The article will cover three broad periods where such global entanglements took shape: the mid-nineteenth century up until World War I, the interwar period, and the aftermath of World War II. We primarily address developments across the Atlantic in Europe and Latin America, while briefly touching upon Asian developments. The article aims to show the role of non-secular ideologies in political globalization processes and the co-existence of centric and multi-polar tendencies in such processes.

Udgave nummer7
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2022


  • Catholicism
  • Christian Democracy
  • Europe
  • globalization
  • Latin America
  • political history
  • political modernity
  • religion

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