Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution

Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution

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Vera Shevzov has spent ten years researching Orthodoxy as it was lived in the years before the 1917 Revolution. In Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution, she draws on a rich variety of previously untapped archival sources and published works unavailable in the West to reconstruct the religious world of lay people. Shevzov traces the means by which men and women shaped their religious lives in an ecclesiastical system that was often dominated by bureaucrats and monastic bishops. She finds vivid displays of resistance to the official system and equally vivid affirmations of faith. She ultimately questions the notion that the only challenge to Orthodoxy at the end of the ancien regime came from outsiders such as Marxist revolutionaries, atheistic intellectuals, and urban factory workers. Instead, she shows that a different but equally great challenge emerged within the faith community more

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  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 33mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195154657
  • 9780195154658

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... important study ... introduction to a rich and varied past. * Church Times * Vera Shevzov's book is not only of immense interest as a historical study, but contributes to an understanding of the Russian Orthodox Church today. * Hugh Wybrew, Times Literary Supplement * immensely fascinating book...The great strength and joy of this book is its detail, based on lengthy research in archives. Shevzov achieves a remarkable balance between general themes, worked out in different contexts, and vivid events and stories, drawn from the essential book for anyone seeking to understand the nature of Russian Orthodoxy and the tensions within it on the eve of the Revolution. * Andrew Louth, Sobornost *show more

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