The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948 Hardback

From Decline to Resurrection

by Daniela Kalkandjieva;

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The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948

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This book tells the remarkable story of the decline and revival of the Russian Orthodox Church in the first half of the twentieth century and the astonishing U-turn in the attitude of the Soviet Union's leaders towards the church. In the years after 1917 the Bolsheviks' anti-religious policies, the loss of the former western territories of the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union's isolation from the rest of the world and the consequent separation of Russian emigres from the church were disastrous for the church, which declined very significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. However, when Poland was partitioned in 1939 between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Stalin allowed the Patriarch of Moscow, Sergei, jurisdiction over orthodox congregations in the conquered territories and went on, later, to encourage the church to promote patriotic activities as part of the resistance to the Nazi invasion. He agreed a Concordat with the church in 1943, and continued to encourage the church, especially its claims to jurisdiction over emigre Russian orthodox churches, in the immediate postwar period.
Based on extensive original research, the book puts forward a great deal of new information and overturns established thinking on many key points.

The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948 by Daniela Kalkandjieva was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in November 2014. The ISBN for The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948 is 9781138788480.

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Details for The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (November 2014)
Number of Pages392
Thickness22 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4286423
Page last updated 6th June 2018
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