Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-308) and index.
pt. 1. The Church and the challenge of communism Introduction -- The first cold warriors -- pt. 2. The Roman Catholic Church in the Second World War -- The Church and the Axis powers -- The Church under Nazi occupation -- The Church in the Balkans -- The Church in the United States -- The Soviet Union and the Catholic Church -- The papacy and the Second World War -- pt. 3. Il dopoguerra : neither war nor peace -- Papal leadership after the war -- Early persecution in the Balkans -- The Catholic majorities of East Central Europe -- Catholics and European reconstruction -- The Catholic Church and the occupation of Germany -- pt. 4. The Cold War begins -- The martyrdom of Archbishop Stepinac -- Vatican resistance to the division of Europe -- The impossibility of Vatican neutrality -- Communist consolidation and Catholic division -- The religious Cold War : communist offensive -- The religious Cold War : Catholic counter-offensive.