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Abstract: This work analyzes the political options that some influential
Chilean Catholics chose from the late 1930s to the late 1960s. This is a study of the joint
trajectory of some prominent clerical figures and some political leaders. A political
history is intertwined with an ecclesiastical history, reflecting both the Vatican and
Latin American hierarchies and also influential voices of ... read moreChilean clerics. This is also a
history of how ideas influenced the actions and options of Chilean Catholics, and how they
expressed themselves in the Chilean political scene. In political terms, it is about a
trajectory toward the left, a trajectory that begins in the Conservative Party, passes
through Social Christianity and the reformist Christian Democratic party, and ends in the
left-wing Movimiento de Acción Popular Unitario or MAPU of
Salvador Allende's Popular Unity coalition.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of History.
Advisor: Peter Winn.
Committee: Felipe Fernández-Armesto.
Keywords: History, and Latin American history.read less