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Dittrich, Lisa (2019): Europäischer Antiklerikalismus. Eine Suche zwischen Säkularisierung und Religionsreform. In: Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Vol. 45, No. 1: pp. 5-36

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Building on recent studies of the European culture wars in the second half of the nineteenth century, the article expands on the constructivist thesis about secularization of genuine religious questions. Based on examples from France, Germany, and Spain, the article shows that anticlericalism was not necessarily anti- or areligious, but rather that it frequently consisted of a search for new concepts of religion and sacralization. Thus, the article concludes that anticlericalism is part of the pluralization of the religious field.

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