Křesťanské odbory v meziválečném Československu
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Christian unions within interwar Czechoslovakia
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This study looks at First Republic Christian peoples’ unions, which comprised one of the key constituents of the union movement in Czechoslovakia at the time, built primarily on party principles. Only relatively little attention has been paid to this topic in Czechoslovak historiography. Within Czech society, these unions were established in 1902 and following the establishment of an independent Czechoslovakia, the organisations underwent significant development. The unions played a key role not just in improving the social status of workers, but Catholic unions were also of fundamental importance in maintaining the influence of Christianity (specifically the Catholic Church) amongst workers and served to maintain religiosity within the working class, which had been under threat from the modernising secular trends in interwar Czechoslovakia.
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