Holy Wars and Holy Alliance

The Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage

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Manlio Graziano
Religion, Culture, and Public Life
  • New York, NY: 
    Columbia University Press
    , April
     368 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Sahmeer Modongal forthcoming.


Religions are reemerging in the social, political, and economic spheres previously occupied and dominated by secular institutions and ideologies. In the wake of crises exposing the limits of secular modernity, religions have again become significant players in domestic and international politics. At the same time, the Catholic Church has sought a "holy alliance" among the world's faiths to recentralize devout influence, an important, albeit little-noticed, evolution in international relations.

Holy Wars and Holy Alliance explores the nation-state's current crisis in order to better understand the religious resurgence's implications for geopolitics. Manlio Graziano looks at how the Catholic Church promotes dialogue and action linking world religions, and examines how it has used its material, financial, and institutional strength to gain power and increase its profile in present-day international politics. Challenging the idea that modernity is tied to progress and secularization, Graziano documents the "return" or the "revenge" of God in all facets of life. He shows that tolerance, pluralism, democracy, and science have not triumphed as once predicted. To fully grasp the destabilizing dynamics at work today, he argues, we must appreciate the nature of religious struggles and political holy wars now unfolding across the international stage.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Manlio Graziano teaches geopolitics and geopolitics of religions at Sorbonne University, the American Graduate School in Paris, and the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies. His books include The Failure of Italian Nationhood: The Geopolitics of a Troubled Identity (2010), Essential Geopolitics: A Handbook (2011), and In Rome We Trust: The Rise of Catholics in American Political Life (2017).


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