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National Civil Religion in the German Empire (1871-1918)

Dariusz J. Piwowarczyk
2019 Roczniki Teologiczne  
The article draws on the argument presented by Carolyn Marvin and David Ingle (1996), and specifically on the thesis that nationalism can be also approached as a religious phenomenon- with its distinctive mythology, dogmas, "saints," and ritual behavior; they term such ideological-ritual complex "national civil religion." Using this heuristic tool, I analyze the quasi-religious content of German national ideology dominant in the Kaiserreich (1871-1918) by discussing three layers of imagery that
more » ... ers of imagery that can be distinguished in this ideological system: appropriated history as vell as Christian-Biblical and mythological-folkloric components.
doi:10.18290/rt.2019.66.9-7 fatcat:2mc37u4cznfllgqxqz5hkhylzu