Britain and the Vatican during the Second World War (Reprint)

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Britain and the Vatican during the Second World War (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521368254
  • DDC分類 940

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The book studies the use made by the British government of its envoy, immured inside the Vatican from 1940 to 1944, and what the envoy made of such opportunities during the Second World War to help the Allied cause. We see the Vatican, the Fascist Italy, from 'inside', and so gain a new and rare perspective into the predicament of the papacy. Owen Chadwick gives insight into the workings of the Vatican, including such questions as the struggle to keep Italy out of the war, the relations between the Vatican and the Fascist government, the use which the British sought to make of Vatican radio, the question of condemning atrocities, the bombing of Rome, the fall of Fascism, the armistice between the Allies and Italy, the German occupation of Rome, and the escape line for British prisoners of war. The author has used several groups of hitherto unexplored archives, and makes a fresh contribution both to the history of the Second World War and to the modern history of the papacy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1. Britain and the Vatican in the last years of
Pope Pius XI (1935-39)
2. The conclave of 1939
3. The peace plans of Pius XII
4. The winter war, 1939-40
5. The Italian entry into the war
6. First months in the Vatican
7. Surveillance I
8. Surveillance II: the bag
9. The Jews in 1942
10. The bombing of Rome
11. The Italian armistice
12. The German occupation
13. Aftermath
Select bibliography
Index.