Cross and Commissar

Cross and Commissar : The Politics of Religion in Eastern Europe and the USSR

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"Anyone trying to understand... the recent history of Eastern Europe (including the Soviet Union) will find this book... extremely useful.... a common sense view of theory and historical study.... a successful product that both enlightens and informs." American Historical Review..". valuable reading." Journal of the American Academy of Religion..". welcome and insightful... " Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists"It is an important study that produces a fairly rich bounty of information about political-religious relationships, the tie between the church and state, and the influence of religious beliefs on society." Slavic Reviww..". deserves intensive attention by scholars... " Journal of Church and State"The book s strengths lie in its range, documentation, strongly analytical, and subtly nuanced treatment, consistent awareness of the complexity and dynamism of the various church-state relationships, and its generally judicious blend of theoretical and empirical aspects." History"Cross and Commissar is a sober, richly documented analysis that is useful and fascinating. It is well written, researched, and organized and fills an unfortunate lacuna in the literature in the area of church-state relations." The Annals of the American Academy"This monograph is a tour de force... " Modern Greek Studies YearbookCommunist regimes take an active stance vis-a-vis religion, framing religious policies with an eye toward broader political objectives. Cross and Commissar provides the first systematic, comparative attempt at applying social-scientific theories to illuminate the nature of church-state interaction and the contemporary religious scene in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union."
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1fig.
  • 0253315751
  • 9780253315755
  • 2,111,535

Table of contents

Preface Part I. Introduction 1. How Church and State Coexist under Communism 2. The Interplay of Religious Policy and Nationalities Policy Part II. Individual Countries 3. Social Functions of Religion in the USSR 4. Catholicism and National Culture in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary 5. Church and Peace in the German Democratic Republic 6. Factionalism in the Croatian Church-State Relationship 7. Organization Theory and the Bulgarian and Serbian OrthodoxChurches Part III. Current Trends 8. Religious Ferment, 1978-84 9. Protestants and Catholics after Popieluszko Part IV. Theoretical Considerations 10. Pitfalls in the Study of Church-State Relations 11. Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Church-State Interactionunder European Communism Notes Selected Bibliography Index
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