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The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

David I. Kertzer

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In 1938, Pope Pius XI addressed a group of visitors to the Vatican. There were some people, he said, who argued that the state should be all-powerful – "totalitarian". Such an idea, he went on, was absurd, not because individual liberty was too precious to be surrendered, but because "if there is a totalitarian regime – in fact and by right – it is the regime of the church, because man belongs totally to the church".


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EAN: 9780091919078

Published: 25 Apr 2013

About David I. Kertzer


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David Israel Kertzer (born February 20, 1948 in New York City) is an American anthropologist, historian, and academic leader specializing in the political, demographic, and religious history of Italy.

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