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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(4), 55; doi:10.3390/socsci7040055

The Vietnam War, the Church, the Christian Democratic Party and the Italian Left Catholics

Department of Historical Studies, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Italy
Received: 6 March 2018 / Revised: 22 March 2018 / Accepted: 28 March 2018 / Published: 3 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christians and the Cold War)
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Abstract

Over the years of the Cold War, the conflict in Vietnam assumed the significance of a clash between two civilizations, the West and communism. Italian Catholics thus found themselves not only invoking the end of the conflict, but also expressing their evaluations on the choices made in international politics by the two superpowers. The positions assumed by the ecclesiastic Institution, the Christian Democrats and the Catholic world in Italy towards the war in Indochina were not identical: in fact, if—with a few exceptions—the ecclesiastic hierarchy was distinguished by its extreme caution, in the Catholic party different positions became manifest. It was mainly in Catholic associations, and in general amongst believers closer to the experience of the Vatican Council, that a radical sense of aversion to U.S. foreign policy developed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Vietnam War; Italian Catholics; Cold War; Italian Church; Christian Democratic Party Vietnam War; Italian Catholics; Cold War; Italian Church; Christian Democratic Party
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