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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 Nation,” 1919–25

“For God and Nation,” 1919–25

Chapter Three “For God and Nation,” 1919–25
Priest, Politician, Collaborator

James Mace Ward

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Tito's turn to resistance from 1919 to 1925. Tiso began to see “true prudence” in resistance, marking another transformation for him: from a pillar of cooperation to a thorn of opposition, especially over the role of Catholicism in schools and youth movements. He fought this battle mainly as a local notable: Nitra's foremost L'udák and, from 1921, Bishop Kmet'ko's secretary, a position that resurrected his hierarchical career. Unfortunately, these renewed prospects collided with his political career, leading Kmet'ko to fire him in 1923. Blocked from rising higher within the church, Tiso turned to national politics, recasting himself as a party man and moderate Slovak nationalist. Ironically, by this time his opponents understood him only as a radical opponent of the republic itself.

Keywords:   Jozef Tiso, resistance, opposition, Catholicism, Nitra, Bishop Kmet'ko, natioanl politics, Slovak nationalist

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