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Religion, Identity and Empire

Greek Archbishop in the Russia of Catherine the Great. East European Monographs S. v. 474

By (author) Gregory L. Bruess
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Columbia University Press, New York, United States
Published: 1st Apr 1997
Dimensions: w 144mm h 222mm
Weight: 530g
ISBN-10: 0880333715
ISBN-13: 9780880333719
Barcode No: 9780880333719
During the early Russian Empire, tensions between the state and the church, and the beliefs of many ethnic minorities and social groups shaped the religious culture of Russia's southern frontier. This work explores the dynamic between religion and both religious and political institutions. It recreates the struggle of the government and church to consolidate its diverse population into a single, unified, secular Russia. It illuminates historical and cultural aspcets of this era, including the attempts of Archbishop Nikiforos to bring the "correct" message of Christ to ethically diverse parishioners for their religious, moral and civic benefit. In addition, the text provides accounts of those who strayed, offering a glimpse of daily lives and struggles on the frontier as well as the stigmatization that resulted from their nonconformity.

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