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Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France and Revolution, 1891-1956

May 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Conventional wisdom says that the Roman Catholic Church, and especially its fabled Polish-born Pope John Paul II, rejected communism completely and played a seminal role in assuring its political failure in 20th-century Europe. What Piotr H. Kosicki shows, however, is that key Catholic thinkers (including the future pope) took communism seriously: some borrowed from it, while others even partnered with communists. Before the birth of the Solidarity labor union, then, and before John Paul II partnered with Ronald Reagan, there was a virtually unknown but crucial story of Catholic experimentation with communism in the mid-20th century – inspired by France and tested in Poland, but with global ramifications

Piotr H. Kosicki teaches modern European and global history at the University of Maryland. Recipient of a PhD from Princeton, he has written for The Washington Post, The TLS, The New RepublicThe Nation, and Commonweal. His book Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and “Revolution” appeared with Yale University Press in 2018. He has also edited books on Christian Democracy, on the revolutions of 1989, on historical memory of World War II, and on the Second Vatican Council. He has been a visiting professor at McGill and is the recipient of many fellowships, including three Title VIII grants at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest and the George Washington University History Department for their support.

May 6
Piotr Kosicki on Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France and Revolution, 1891-1956

Washington History Seminar

All seminars take place at 4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop


May 6, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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