Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Germany, 1918-1965

By Michael E. O’Sullivan

© 2018

Disruptive Power examines a surprising revival of faith in Catholic miracles in Germany from the 1920s to the 1960s. The book follows the dramatic stigmata of Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth and her powerful circle of followers that included theologians, Cardinals, politicians, journalists, monarchists, anti-fascists, and everyday pilgrims. Disruptive Power explores how this and other similar groups negotiated the precariousness of the Weimar Republic, the repression of the Third Reich, and the dynamic early years of the Federal Republic.

Analyzing a network of rebellious traditionalists, O’Sullivan illustrates the divisions that characterized the German Catholic minority as they endured the tumultuous era of the world wars. Analyzing material from archives in Germany and the United States, Michael E. O’Sullivan investigates the unsanctioned but very popular visions in several rural towns after World War II, providing micro-histories that illuminate the impact of mystical faith on religiosity, politics, and gender norms.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
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Analyzing material from several archives in Germany and the United States, Michael E. O’Sullivan investigates the unsanctioned but very popular visions in several rural towns after World War II, providing micro-histories that illuminate the impact of mystical faith on religiosity, politics, and gender norms.

Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Germany, 1918-1965

By Michael E. O’Sullivan

© 2018

Disruptive Power examines a surprising revival of faith in Catholic miracles in Germany from the 1920s to the 1960s. The book follows the dramatic stigmata of Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth and her powerful circle of followers that included theologians, Cardinals, politicians, journalists, monarchists, anti-fascists, and everyday pilgrims. Disruptive Power explores how this and other similar groups negotiated the precariousness of the Weimar Republic, the repression of the Third Reich, and the dynamic early years of the Federal Republic.

Analyzing a network of rebellious traditionalists, O’Sullivan illustrates the divisions that characterized the German Catholic minority as they endured the tumultuous era of the world wars. Analyzing material from archives in Germany and the United States, Michael E. O’Sullivan investigates the unsanctioned but very popular visions in several rural towns after World War II, providing micro-histories that illuminate the impact of mystical faith on religiosity, politics, and gender norms.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 316 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Michael E. O’Sullivan is an associate professor in the Department of History at Marist College.
  • Table of contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction

    1. Germany between Apocalypse and Aalvation: Bloody Images and Miraculous Cures
    2. The Rise of Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth during the Weimar Republic
    3. Saving Souls and Making Enemies: The Struggle over Konnersreuth and the Downfall of Political Catholicism
    4. Between Feminine Agency and Moral Utopia: Gender and Sex in Konnersreuth
    5. Disruptive Potential: Catholic Miracles under the Third Reich
    6. Miraculous Times in West Germany: Marian Apparitions during the Early Federal Republic
    7. Therese Neumann between Catholic Traditionalism, Cold War, and Economic Miracle

    Conclusion

    Bibliography
    Index