Catholics, Protestants, and the Origins of Europe’s Harsh Religious Pluralism

A series of recent controversies has raised many questions about Europe’s treatment of its religious minorities. Why do societies that claim to respect religious freedom and tolerance so routinely discriminate against Muslims, Jews, and others? Udi Greenberg will explore the origins of Europe’s contemporary thinking about religious pluralism to the recent peace between Catholics and Protestants and will show how this development, which unfolded between the rise of Nazism in the 1930s and the era of decolonization in the 1960s, helped shape both the scope and rigid limits of the continent’s religious landscape


Udi Greenberg is an associate professor of European history at Dartmouth College. He is the author of the prize-winning “The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War” (Princeton 2015), as well as many articles on European thought and politics. He has also written for ‘The New Republic’, ‘The Nation’, ‘Dissent’, ‘Boston Review’, and other venues.


This event is sponsored by the Institute of European Studies, the Department of History, the Center for German and European Studies, and the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington. For more information please email