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Prayer and praise during the Munich Crisis: a story of church attendance

Horsler, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-8844-484X (2018) Prayer and praise during the Munich Crisis: a story of church attendance. In: The Munich Crisis and the people: international, transnational & comparative perspectives, 2018-06-29 - 2018-06-30. (Submitted)

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Recent scholarship by Julie Gottlieb has begun to tell the private and emotional history of the Munich Crisis upon ordinary people. Part of this history includes church attendance, a subject mentioned in existing scholarship by Chandler (1994) and Wilkinson (1989) concerning religious views of the Munich Crisis focus primarily upon the leaders of the Anglican Church with particular reference to the morality of the Munich Agreement. Both articles refer to large church attendances but fail to provide any actual figures or engage in discussion about the behaviour or emotions of ordinary people during and after the crisis. Using research conducted as part of a recently completed doctoral thesis, this paper will use a three area (Bedfordshire, Bolton and the London boroughs of Fulham and Hammersmith) case study approach using local newspapers, Mass Observation, and Anglican service registers to substantiate the claims made by existing scholarship. The last of these records the number of communicants, which will be used as a proxy for service attendance. The core of the paper will focus upon the two weeks either side of the crisis, though some mention of references to the crisis as part of Armistice Day observation will be made as way of contextualising the impact of the crisis.

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Additional Information: © 2018 the Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 14:46
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 23:14

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