From Peasant to Patriarch

From Peasant to Patriarch : Account of the Birth, Upbringing, and Life of His Holiness Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

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This book chronicles Nikon's entire life, focusing on the patriarch's relationship with the Romanov royal family and his monastery building program. The narrative also features rare eyewitness accounts of monumental events and daily life in seventeenth-century Russia from a domestic perspective. The first annotated English language translation of the comprehensive text, From Peasant to Patriarch includes extensive commentary, parallel texts, and a glossary of Russian terms.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739115790
  • 9780739115794

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Account of the Birth, Upbringing, and Life of His Holiness Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
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A significant new text edition that sheds valuable light on the complexities of seventeenth-century Russian Church history. -- Georg Michels, University of California-Riverside It is always worthwhile to produce a scholarly edition of an important document or treatise... Kain and Levintova, are to be commended for their judicious effort. The Russian Review Although Shusherin's text, composed between 1681 and 1686, is well known and has virtually never been out of print since the initial publication in 1784, the volume under review offers the first ever-and masterly done-translation into English. Kevin Kain and Katia Levintova provide, by way of copious annotations, a fascinating polyphony of contrasting opinions, stories of politcal intrigue and occasional outrageous gossip that surrounded Nikon's career. Seer, October 2009 Kain and Levintova have provided a very clear and readable translation... The translation and scholarly apparatus of From Peasant to Patriarch are exemplary. The volume offers a clear and elegant rendering of a previously neglected text. Additionally, its 'Introduction' and back matter accomplish to very important goals: on the one hand, they convince the general reader of the utility of attending to Nikon's life; on the other, they steer the expert towards additional resources for deeper study. Slavic and East European Journal, Winter 2009 Overall, the book covers a lot of ground and provides the reader wtih an introduction to the various issues and topics affecting women in Eastern Europe...will be a welcome addition to the growing literature on gender and post-socialism. The book is suitable for both advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in disciplines such as political science, gender and women's studies, sociology, history and East European studies. Canadian Slavonic Papers, September-December 2008 Kevin M. Kain and Katia Levintova have produced a fine translation of a unique and important eyewitness account of the rise and fall of Patriarch Nikon (1605-1681). Their expertly edited translation of this fascinating biography belongs on the recommended reading list of undergraduate and graduate classes in Russian history. -- Chester Dunning, Texas A&M University
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About Ioann Shusherin

Kevin Kain is professor of Russian and European history at Texas A&M University, Texarkana. Katia Levintova is assistant professor of comparative politics and Russian and East European politics at Texas A&M University, Texarkana.
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