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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:10 PM   #1

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Wars in which there is no major Catholic country in the winning coalition


Other than World War II*, exactly which wars had no Catholic country among the major countries in the winning coalition in this war?

*The major countries in the winning coalition in World War II were the U.S. (which was Protestant-majority), Britain (which was Protestant-majority), and the Soviet Union (which was probably either Eastern Orthodox Christian majority or atheist majority). France doesn't count for this since it wasn't a major partner in the winning coalition in this war--after all, France wasn't invited to either the Yalta Conference or the Potsdam Conference.

Anyway, any thoughts on this?
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Also, to clarify, by "wars," I meant "coalition wars" here. Thus, two-country wars such as the U.S. Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War would not count for this.
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I wouldn't look to much at religion of countries at war after the Enlightenment period. After that, wars were waged for nationalistic or ideological reasons, no longer primarily religious ones.
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I wouldn't look to much at religion of countries at war after the Enlightenment period. After that, wars were waged for nationalistic or ideological reasons, no longer primarily religious ones.
True; rather, my question here is primarily out of curiosity and for trivia purposes.
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Would the Seven Years' War count for this? After all, it appears that Catholic-majority Portugal only entered this war near the end of this war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years%27_War
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Would the Seven Years' War count for this? After all, it appears that Catholic-majority Portugal only entered this war near the end of this war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years%27_War

Maybe one of Polish history scholars could answer if in the Prussian victories over Russia in '58, '59, some Polish magnates had brought their own companies to join the fight on the Prussian side?

Aside from Portugal and maybe the Poles: it seems that Piedmont/Sardinia, Malta were neutral throughout the conflict.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 08:03 PM   #7

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Would the Seven Years' War count for this? After all, it appears that Catholic-majority Portugal only entered this war near the end of this war.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Years%27_War
Germany's population today is 29% Catholic and 30% Protestant. It was probably a more catholic country 250 years ago, don't you think?

I guess even Prussia might have had a larger Catholic population than Protestant at the time.
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Germany's population today is 29% Catholic and 30% Protestant. It was probably a more catholic country 250 years ago, don't you think?

I guess even Prussia might have had a larger Catholic population than Protestant at the time.
Prussia certainly does not equal Germany, though.

Also, for reference, here is a religion map of Germany in the late 19th century:

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Based on this map, Prussia appears to have been largely, if not mostly, Protestant back in 1763.
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The Crusades count?
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Does it need to have a major catholic in the losing side or can it be almost all wars in the history of mankind in outside Europe and America?
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