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Religious Policy in the Soviet Union

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Sabrina Petra Ramet, Philip Walters, Otto Luchterhandt, Jane Ellis, J. A. Hebly, Larry E. Holmes, John Dunstan, Sameul A. Kliger, Paul H. De Vries, John Anderson, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Oxana Antic, Anatolii Levitin-Krasnov, Myroslaw Tataryn, Walter Sawatsky
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521022309

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  • Church-state relations have undergone a number of changes during the seven decades of the existence of the Soviet Union. In the 1920s the state was politically and financially weak and its edicts often ignored, but the 1930s saw the beginning of an era of systematic anti-religious persecution. There was some relaxation in the last decade of Stalin's rule, but under Khrushchev the pressure on the Church was again stepped up. In the Brezhev period this was moderated to a policy of slow strangulation of religion, and Gorbachev's leadership saw a thorough liberalization and re-legitimation of religion. This 1992 book brings together fifteen of the West's leading scholars of religion in the USSR. Bringing much hitherto unknown material to light, the authors discuss the policy apparatus, programmes of atheisation and socialisation, cults and sects, and the world of Christianity.

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521022309
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.569kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Sabrina Petra Ramet
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. A survey of Soviet religious policy Philip Walters
    2. Religious policy in the era of Gorbachev Sabrina Petra Ramet

    Part II. Policy Apparatus:
    3. The Council for Religious Affairs Otto Luchterhandt
    4. Some reflections about religious policy under Kharchev Jane Ellis
    5. The state, the church, and the oikumene: the Russian Orthodox Church and the World Council of Churches, 1948–85 J. A. Hebly
    Part III. Education, Socialisation, and Values:
    6. Fear no evil: schools and religion in Soviet Russia, 1917–41 Larry E. Holmes
    7. Soviet schools, atheism and religion John Dunstan
    8. The Ten Commandments as values in Soviet people's consciousness Sameul A. Kliger and Paul H. De Vries
    9. Out of the kitchen, out of the temple: religion, atheism and women in the Soviet Union John Anderson
    Part IV. Cults and Sects:
    10. Dilemmas of the spirit: religion and atheism in the Yakut-Sakha Republic Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
    11. The spread of modern cults in the USSR Oxana Antic
    Part V. The World of Christianity:
    12. The Russian Orthodox Renovationist Movement and its Russian historiography during the Soviet period Anatolii Levitin-Krasnov
    13. The re-emergence of the Ukrainian (Greek) Catholic Church in the USSR Myroslaw Tataryn
    14. Protestantism in the USSR Walter Sawatsky
    15. Epilogue: religion after the collapse Sabrina Petra Ramet
    Appendix
    Index.

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    Sabrina Petra Ramet

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    Sabrina Petra Ramet, Philip Walters, Otto Luchterhandt, Jane Ellis, J. A. Hebly, Larry E. Holmes, John Dunstan, Sameul A. Kliger, Paul H. De Vries, John Anderson, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Oxana Antic, Anatolii Levitin-Krasnov, Myroslaw Tataryn, Walter Sawatsky

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