Secularism, Women & the State: The Mediterranean World in by Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar [Editor]

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But it has done so in its own way, and at its own pace, given its particular historical circumstances and political and social development. ” The next sections illustrate this point and highlight the weight of Greek Orthodoxy on the country’s religious and cultural landscape, and the particular historical circumstances that have shaped Greece’s political and social life. 8 Orthodox churches are autocephalous entities headed by autonomous Patriarchates that have the right to elect bishops in each administrative jurisdiction.

This same historic dynamic and process involving a two-front struggle for liberty also applied in Italy during the Risorgimento (1848-1870) and in Spain against the Franco regime (1939-75). The battle between the Revolution and the Church, between secular democracy and conservative tradition, dominated French, Italian and Spanish politics and history for nearly 200 years. A key charge against the Church by local patriots was that it constituted a foreign body that owed its allegiance elsewhere.

The absolutist monarchy grounded its legitimacy in the Catholic religion so the Revolution involved a joint struggle against despotism and religion—the monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church. It produced a political construction that continues in France under the regime of laicité bound up with La Loi de 1905. This same historic dynamic and process involving a two-front struggle for liberty also applied in Italy during the Risorgimento (1848-1870) and in Spain against the Franco regime (1939-75).

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