The book analyses the Europeanist and federalist effort of Italian Protestants in the struggle for European unification. This investigation revolves around two distinct guiding arguments: a political one, focused on the analysis of political thought; and a historical one reconstructing the most recent events about the Italian Protestants' activism for the political unification of Europe. The essay retraces the developments of federalism within the Protestant world from the 16th to the 20th century by referring to the bond between federalism and ecumenism. The volume is divided into three parts and provides a historical overview of federal thought within the Protestant world from the Reformation to the Enlightenment. It also addresses a series of projects aimed at the political unification of the European continent, and analyses the similarities between ecclesiastical constitutionalism and institutional federalism. This theoretical background paves the way for the contribution of Italian Protestants to the international peace movement and the confessional reconciliation among the Churches in the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, this essay highlights the practical and theoretical contribution of the Italian Protestants to the cause of "United States of Europe", according to the principles of the Ventotene Manifesto.
Federalism: A Revolution in the Political Thought - The Origins of the Political Idea behind Protestant Federalism - Pre-federal Aspects in Waldensian Culture and History - The Question of "Peace" within Italian Protestantism - The Question of "Christian Unity" within Italian Protestantism - Federalism and Ecumenism in International Reformed Protestantism - Federalism within Anti-Fascism and Waldensian Resistance - The Waldensian Contribution to European Federalism: A Cultural and Political Battle.
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 26th September 2016
Publisher: Peter Lang
Edition Number: 1