State Secularism and Lived Religion in Soviet Russia and Ukraine

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State Secularism and Lived Religion in Soviet Russia and Ukraine is a collection of essays written by a broad cross-section of scholars from around the world that explores the myriad forms religious expression and religious practice took in Soviet society in conjunction with the Sovietgovernment's commitment to secularization. The implementation of secularizing policies invariably shaped the forms of religious expression that emerged in Soviet Russian and Soviet Ukraine. Religious practices across confessional groups over time reflect the waves of intensification and relaxation of repressive practices. During the post-world War II period, which most of the essays in this volume address, repressive tactics shifted from raw coercion and violence to propaganda andagitation as the main means to suppress religious practice and belief in the public sphere. Unlike other studies that have focused on such forms of repression, the authors in this volume consider how some communities and individual believers were able to adapt their practices and beliefs to thesocial, political, and ideological constraints of Soviet society so as to pursue their beliefs. The volume thus offers a new perspective on Soviet secularization that moves beyond the formation of policies and decrees to consider two additional dimensions. First, the essays engage how governing mandates to suppress religion and promote a secular society were experienced by believers. Second,this approach allows the authors to illustrate the variety of secularizing polices and how they were invariably implemented across regions, over time, and in response to perceptions of local religious practice. By considering the intersection of religious practice and Soviet secularizing policies,this collection expands our understanding of religiosity in the region and illustrates how specific denominations and the believers within them adapted to the conditions set by socialist modernity.

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State Secularism and Lived Religion in Soviet Russia and Ukraine is a collection of essays written by a broad cross-section of scholars from around the world that explores the myriad forms religious expression and religious practice took in Soviet society in conjunction with the Sovietgovernment's commitment to secularization. The impl...

Catherine Wanner is Associate Professor of History, of Anthropology, and Religious Studies at Penn State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019993763X

ISBN - 13:9780199937639

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Catherine Wanner: Introduction1. Gregory L. Freeze: Subversive Atheism: Antireligious Campaigns and Religious Revival in Ukraine in the 1920s2. Olga Bertelsen: GPU-NKVD Repressions of Zionists: Ukraine, the 1920s3. John-Paul Himka: Christianity and Radical Nationalism: Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky and the Bandera Movement4. Scott Kenworthy: The Revival of Monastic Life in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra after World War II5. Stella Rock: ''They burned the pine, but the place remains all the same'': Pilgrimage in the changing landscape of Soviet Russia6. Nadieszda Kizenko: Confession in Modern Russia and Ukraine7. Olena Panych: Time and Space of Suffering: The Soviet Past in the Memoirs and Narratives of Evangelical Christian Baptists8. Zoe Knox: Preaching the Kingdom Message: Jehovah's Witnesses and Soviet Secularisation9. Victor Yelensky: The Revival before the Revival: Popular and Institutionalized Religion in Ukraine on the Eve of the Collapse of Communism