Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe by Lucian N. LeusteanOrthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe by Lucian N. Leustean

Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe

EditorLucian N. Leustean

Hardcover | July 2, 2014

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Nation-building processes in the Orthodox commonwealth brought together political institutions and religious communities in their shared aims of achieving national sovereignty. Chronicling how the churches of Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia acquired independence from the Patriarchate ofConstantinople in the wake of the Ottoman Empire's decline, Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe examines the role of Orthodox churches in the construction of national identities.Drawing on archival material available after the fall of communism in southeastern Europe and Russia, as well as material published in Greek, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Russian, Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe analyzes the challenges posed bynationalism to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the ways in which Orthodox churches engaged in the nationalist ideology.
Lucian N. Leustean is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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Title:Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823256065

ISBN - 13:9780823256068

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"Unlike the Roman Catholic Church, which has adopted a centralized perspective in both its teachings and organization, during the last two centuries Eastern Orthodox churches have maintained centralization of teachings, but encouraged the organization of churches along ethnic lines and withseparate hierarchical structures. While successful in overcoming centralism and clericalism, the Orthodox churches have encountered another danger, namely nationalism, whose influence rendered them vulnerable to factionalism and unable to speak with a unified voice in today's ecumenical andinter-religious dialogue. This volume on the relationship between nationalism and Orthodoxy in the 19th and early 20th century represents a major breakthrough in the scholarship on religion and nationalism because it provides for the first time in-depth analyses of the complex interplay between thenascent national Orthodox churches and the emergence of the Balkan nation-states." -Lucian Turcescu, Concordia University