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The Ecumenical Movement & the Making of the European Community
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The Ecumenical Movement & the Making of the European Community

Lucian Leustean


The European Community has largely been considered a predominantly secular project, bringing together the economic and political realms, while failing to mobilise the public voice and imagination of churchmen and the faithful. Drawing on a wide range of archival sources, this is the first study to assess the political history of religious dialogue in the European Community. It challenges the widespread perception that churches started to engage with European institutions only after the 1979 elections to the European Parliament by detailing close relations between churchmen and high-ranking off ... More

Keywords: Ecumenical movement, religious dialogue, European Union, European integration, Cold War, Religion and politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucian Leustean, author
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University