Cold War Mary

Ideologies, Politics, and Marian Devotional Culture

Edited by Peter Jan Margry

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First-ever study connecting the Cold War to the field of popular religiosity and Marian devotion

One hardly known but fascinating aspect of the Cold War was the use of the holy Virgin Mary as a warrior against atheist ideologies. After the Second World War, there was a remarkable rise in the West of religiously inflected rhetoric against what was characterised as “godless communism”. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church not only urged their followers to resist socialism, but along with many prominent Catholic laity and activist movements they marshaled the support of Catholics into a spiritual holy war. In this book renowned experts address a variety of grassroots and Church initiatives related to Marian politics, the hausse of Marian apparitions during the Cold War period, and the present-day revival of Marian devotional culture. By identifying and analysing the militant side of Mary in the Cold War context on a global scale for the first time, Cold War Mary will attract readers interested in religious history, history of the Cold War, and twentieth-century international history.

Contributors: Michael Agnew (McMaster University), Marina Sanahuja Beltran (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), William A. Christian, Jr. (Independent, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), Deirdre de la Cruz (University of Michigan), Agnieszka Halemba (University of Warsaw), Thomas Kselman (University of Notre Dame), Peter Jan Margry (University of Amsterdam / Meertens Institute), Katharine Massam (University of Divinity, Melbourne), David Morgan (Duke University), Konrad Siekierski (King’s College London), Tine van Osselaer (University of Antwerp), Robert Ventresca (Western University Canada), Daniel Wojcik (University of Oregon) and Sandra L. Zimdars-Swartz (University of Kansas)

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1. Envisioning and Exploring Mary’s Theater of War
Peter Jan Margry

2. The Virgin Mary and Cold War Politics
Pope, Church, and Devotees in the Context of Postwar Italy
Robert Ventresca

3. From Fátima to Kérizinen 85
Devotional Backgrounds and Resources for the Cold War
Sandra L. Zimdars-Swartz

4. Likeness and Message in Our Lady of Fátima from World War to Cold War
David Morgan

5. The Changing Face of the Enemy The Belgian Apparition Sites in the 1940s
Tine Van Osselaer

6. Darkness at Noon 
The Visions at Cuevas de Vinromá in 1947 in a Divided Spain during the Cold War
William A. Christian Jr. and Marina Sanahuja Beltran

7. Apparitions of the Mother of God in Socialist Poland in the Early Years of the Cold War
Agnieszka Halemba and Konrad Siekierski

8. Marian Piety and the Cold War in the United States 
Thomas Kselman

9. The Virgin and the Bomb
The Bayside Apparitions, Cold War Anxieties and Marian Anticommunism
Daniel Wojcik

10. “Wearing Uneasily the Mantle of Peace”
Marian Devotion and the Politics of Fear in Cold War Australia
Katharine Massam

11. Mission and Protection 
Bringing Fátima to West Germany in the Early Cold War Years
Monique Scheer

12. Contested Cold War Marian Politics
The Dutch Pentagon and the Empire of Mary
Peter Jan Margry

13. Mary’s Media in the Cold War Philippines
Deirdre de la Cruz

14. “No Consecration, No Peace!”
The Fatima Center and the Russian Annexation of Crimea
Michael Agnew

15. Conclusion and Outlook
Peter Jan Margry

Index of Names and Places 

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 238 × 170 × 23 mm

400 pages

ISBN: 9789462702516

Publication: January 28, 2021

Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 28

Languages: English

Stock item number: 139584

Peter Jan Margry is professor of European ethnology at the University of Amsterdam and senior fellow at the Meertens Institute, a research centre of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam.