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For God and Fatherland: Religion and Politics in Argentina
January 1, 1995
In his book For God and Fatherland: Religion and Politics in Argentina, Michael A. Burdick explores the crises in church-state relations in Argentina over the last century. Burdick's thesis is that the constitutionally-established Catholic Church was progressively disenfranchised by various governments, struggling to maintain its rights and speak as the moral conscience of Argentina. Burdick divides this disenfranchisement into three critical periods: the anticlerical period of the 1880s, the rise of Peronism in the 1940s, and a series of events beginning with the upsurge of the revolutionary left in the 1960s. Together these events shaped the Argentine Church and Catholicism with nationalistic sentiment, as diverse groups struggled to obtain the power myths, symbols, and language provide and re-shape Argentina with their vision.