Church and State in Soviet Russia: Russian Orthodoxy from World War II to the Khrushchev Years: Russian Orthodoxy from World War II to the Khrushchev Years

1st Edition

Tatiana A. Chumachenko, Edward E. Roslof, Edward E. Roslof

Routledge
Published August 31, 2002
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780765607492 - CAT# Y181732

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Summary

Church-state relations during the Soviet period were much more complex and changeable than is generally assumed. From the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 until the 21st Party Congress in 1961, the Communist regime's attitude toward the Russian Orthodox Church zigzagged from indifference and opportunism to hostility and repression. Drawing from new access to previously closed archives, historian Tatiana Chumachenko has documented the twists and turns and human dramas of church-state relations during these decades. This rich material provides essential background to the post-Soviet Russian government's controversial relationship to the Russian Orthodox Church today.

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