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Research Interests for James G. Chappel

Research Interests:

I study the intellectual, political, and religious history of modern Europe. I am currently completing a manuscript entitled "The Struggle for Europe's Soul: Catholic Political Economy and the Salvation of Democracy, 1920-1960" (forthcoming from Harvard University Press). This work studies Catholic social-economic thought as a transnational whole, arguing that it had massive and overlooked impact on the shape of post-1945 Europe, where its influence was mediated through the new Christian Democratic parties that swept to power across the continent. I am also working, as a second project, on the institutional and social-scientific consolidation of the family in post-1945 Europe, and I am particularly interested in how the "problem of aging" is conceived and administered.

Keywords:
History, Philosophy
Recent Publications
  1. Chappel, JG, Holy Wars: Secularism and the Invention of Religion, Boston Review no. May/June 2016 (2016) [james-chappel-secularism-religion]
  2. Chappel, JG, Review of "Den Kapitalismus bändigen. Oswald von Nell-Breunings Impulse für die Sozialpolitik," ed. Bernhard Emunds and Hans Günter Hockerts., Central European History, vol. 49 (2016), Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals - No Cambridge Open, ISSN 1569-1616
  3. Chappel, JG, An Economy of Miracles: Catholicism, Social Science, and Capitalism in West Germany, New German Critique: an interdisciplinary journal of German studies (2015), ISSN 1558-1462
  4. Chappel, JG, Review of Thomas Großbölting, "Der verlorene Himmel, Glaube in Deutschland seit 1945", Journal of Modern History, vol. 87 (2015), University of Chicago Press, ISSN 1537-5358
  5. Chappel, JG, A Servant Heart: How Neoliberalism Came to Be, Boston Review (2015) [james-chappel-servant-heart-religion-neoliberalism]

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