Orthodox Russia: Belief and Practice Under the Tsars

Paperback | April 24, 2003

EditorValerie A. Kivelson, Robert H. Greene

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Orthodox Christianity came to Russia from Byzantium in 988, and in the ensuing centuries it has become such a fixture of the Russian cultural landscape that any discussion of Russian character or history inevitably must take its influence into account. Orthodox Russia is a timely volume that brings together some of the best contemporary scholarship on Russian Orthodox beliefs and practices covering a broad historical period—from the Muscovite era through the immediate aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Studies of Russian Orthodoxy have typically focused on doctrinal controversies or institutional developments.

Orthodox Russia concentrates on lived religious experience—how Orthodoxy touched the lives of a wide variety of subjects of the Russian state, from clerics awaiting the Apocalypse in the fifteenth century and nuns adapting to the attacks on organized religion under the Soviets to unlettered military servitors at the court of Ivan the Terrible and workers, peasants, and soldiers in the last years of the imperial regime. Melding traditionally distinct approaches, the volume allows us to see Orthodoxy not as a static set of rigidly applied rules and dictates but as a lived, adaptive, and flexible system.

Orthodox Russia offers a much-needed, up-to-date general survey of the subject, one made possible by the opening of archives in Russia after 1991.

Contributors include Laura Engelstein, Michael S. Flier, Daniel H. Kaiser, Nadieszda Kizenko, Eve Levin, Gary Marker, Daniel Rowland, Vera Shevzov, Thomas N. Tentler, Isolde Thyrêt, William G. Wagner, and Paul W. Werth.

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Orthodox Christianity came to Russia from Byzantium in 988, and in the ensuing centuries it has become such a fixture of the Russian cultural landscape that any discussion of Russian character or history inevitably must take its influence into account. Orthodox Russia is a timely volume that brings together some of the best contemporar...

Valerie A. Kivelson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Autocracy in the Provinces: Russian Political Culture and the Gentry in the Seventeenth Century (1997). Robert H. Greene is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.99 × 6.04 × 0.86 inPublished:April 24, 2003Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271023503

ISBN - 13:9780271023502

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Chronology

Introduction

Valerie A. Kivelson and Robert H. Greene

Part I: Destabilizing Dichotomies

1. Old and New, High and Low: Straw Horsemen of Russian Orthodoxy

Laura Engelstein

2. Two Cultures, One Throne Room: Secular Courtiers and Orthodox Culture in the Golden Hall of the Moscow Kremlin

Daniel Rowland

3. Letting the People into Church: Reflections on Orthodoxy and Community in Late Imperial Russia

Vera Shevzov

Part II: Imagining the Sacred

4. From Corpse to Cult in Early Modern Russia

Eve Levin

5. Protectors of Women and the Lower Orders: Constructing Sainthood in Modern Russia

Nadieszda Kizenko

Part III: Encountering the Sacred

6. Till the End of Time: The Apocalypse in Russian Historical Experience Before 1500

Michael S. Flier

7. Women and the Orthodox Faith in Muscovite Russia: Spiritual Experience and Practice

Isolde Thyrêt

Part IV: Living Orthodoxy

8. Quotidian Orthodoxy: Domestic Life in Early Modern Russia

Daniel H. Kaiser

9. God of Our Mothers: Reflections on Lay Female Spirituality in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Russia

Gary Marker

10. Paradoxes of Piety: The Nizhegorod Convent of the Exaltation of the Cross, 1807–1935

William G. Wagner

11. Orthodoxy as Ascription (and Beyond): Religious Identity on the Edges of the Orthodox Community, 1740–1917

Paul W. Werth

Epilogue: A View from the West

Thomas N. Tentler

Annotated Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

Editorial Reviews

“This excellent collection provides both generalist and specialized essays about revelatory aspects of Russian Orthodoxy. . . . Using a variety of methods, they shed light on the complex and variegated practices and beliefs that have shaped Russian Orthodoxy over the past thousand years.”

—Michael Wolfe, Religious Studies Review