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Priest, Politician, CollaboratorJozef Tiso and the Making of Fascist Slovakia$
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James Mace Ward

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449888

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449888.001.0001

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“For God and Our Homeland,” 1887–1918

“For God and Our Homeland,” 1887–1918

Chapter One “For God and Our Homeland,” 1887–1918
Priest, Politician, Collaborator

James Mace Ward

Cornell University Press

This chapter follows Tiso's life from 1887 to 1918, focusing on his training in the Roman Catholic Church and his experiences in Hungary. It asks: How did he experience dualist Hungary? What did Catholicism mean to him? How did he coordinate the demands placed on him and the opportunities offered to him by both institutions? The chapter argues that Catholicism ultimately defined the young Tiso. It provided him an identity and a worldview, enthusing him in lifelong missions. The nationalist discourses of dualist Hungary, in comparison, tended to wash over him with little effect. There was nothing unique or surprising in these priorities. National indifference was commonplace in Habsburg ethnic borderlands at the fin de siècle. It was only through the lens of his later, nationalized life that Tiso's indifference demanded explanation.

Keywords:   Jozef Tiso, Hungary, Roman Catholic Church, biography, Catholics, nationalism

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