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A History of Russian Christianity, Vol. IV
1894 to 1990, Tsar Nicholas II to Gorbachev's Edict
  • Daniel H. Shubin
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A History of Russian Christianity, Vol. IV. 1894 to 1990, Tsar Nicholas II to Gorbachev's Edict
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The events, people and politics that forged the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are presented objectively and intensively, describing the rise and dominance of the Russian Orthodox Church, the many dissenters and sectarian groups that evolved over the centuries (and their persecution), the presence of Catholicism and the influx of Protestantism and Judaism and other religious denominations into Russia. Derived from primary resources in Church Slavonic and Russian languages, the history covers the higher levels of ecclesiastical activity including the involvement of tsars and princes, as well as saints and serfs, and monks and mystics.


About the Author

Daniel H. Shubin has translated and authored several books dealing with Russian biography, history, philosophy and religion, including a 4-volume History of Russian Christianity (published with Algora). Shubin has traveled extensively throughout Russia, studying the various sectarian movements.

In writing these histories and biographies, the author has relied on primary Russian-language works, especially, where appropriate, the medieval chronicles and the classic works of Russian historians.

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In this 4-volume set, the traditions of Russian Christianity are presented in detail.

Volume I deals with the period from Apostle Andrew to the death of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, just prior to the election of the first Russian Patriarch, a...

In this 4-volume set, the traditions of Russian Christianity are presented in detail.

Volume I deals with the period from Apostle Andrew to the death of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, just prior to the election of the first Russian Patriarch, a period of almost 1600 years.

Volume II second volume covers the Patriarchal Era through the reign of the great reformer, Tsar Peter I, and the eventual institution of the synodal system as a replacement for the Patriarchate.

Volume III covers the period 1725 through 1894, which is known as the Synodal Era of Russian Orthodoxy. This is the era of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, and the great tsars of 19th-century Russia. The Synodal Era includes the rise of the dissenters and sectarians. The history of Old Believers is discussed, along with the Iconoclasts, Judaizers, Dukhabors, Molokans, Khlisti, Skoptzi, and Stundists of Russian Christianity, and the many other small sects, as well as the Christian philosophies of Grigori Skovoroda and Leo Tolstoy.

In Volume IV, the initial chapters cover the decline of the power of Russian Orthodoxy, the rise of Rasputin, and the last tsar Nicholas II; then the struggle of Russian Orthodox Christianity to survive as the Russian Empire falls to the Soviets is discussed. The balance of the volume deals with the dramatic era of the Soviet regime's efforts to bring down Russian Orthodoxy, ending with the reversal under Gorbachev in 1990 and the Church's resurgence.

It is difficult to write solely a history of the Russian Orthodox Church, because the history of Russia as a state, people and culture is completely interwoven with their religion; and every event, person and location has a religious association. And two other problems are present. The first is the meager information available on the period prior to AD 1240, when major cities, churches and monasteries of Russia were utterly destroyed by Mongol invaders – for the next 240 years, Russia was under Mongol occupation. The second problem is credibility: Russian Orthodoxy has rewritten its history over the years, beginning with the mid-14th century, incorporating much improbable embellishment. Fiction and legend must be removed in order to present an objective account.


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Pages 196
Year: 2006
LC Classification: BR932.S55
Dewey code: 274.7—dc22
BISAC: REL015000
BISAC: REL049000
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