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The struggle for emancipation from theology seems to have occupied all resources and left no capacity to deal with the reasons for the disagreeable situation, which undoubtedly have their origins in the period of the Third Reich. The historical disinterest was also accompanied by a certain naiveté, as if the academic study of religion had started in 1945 ab ovo. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which tries to fill the historiographical gap yawning between 1930 and 1950. According to the author, many institutional and methodological problems which dominated the study of religion after 1945 are caused by an insufficient understanding of the study of religion under the impact of fascism. The contributions to the book evince an independent liability to fascist ideas in many countries. The book aims to raise a greater awareness of a highly problematic era of the academic study of religion in Europe.

Keywords: fascism; religion; Third Reich

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