Breaking the Chain! Catholic Scholars and Scottish History
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The incorporation of two chapters which take as their theme Catholic contributions to the study of history in Scotland into this work at first glance may seem unusual or out of place. However, a number of factors dictated that they would be valuable. First, a central aim of Pax Romana was to bring into the orbit of the Catholic Church all areas of intellectual endeavour. The Newman Association as the affiliated body in the United Kingdom of Pax Romana embarked on a series of initiatives to build a distinctively Catholic social science movement of which the Scottish Catholic Historical Committee was just one example. So in the first instance, historical study was important as a part of this movement to incorporate the Catholic intelligentsia. Second, the scale of historical work embarked upon stands out in contrast to the relative poverty of activity in other intellectual spheres.