Godless Communists: Atheism and Society in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 / Edition 1

Godless Communists: Atheism and Society in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 / Edition 1

by William B. Husband
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0875805957

ISBN-13: 9780875805955

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press

"Godless Communists" offers a fresh interpretation of early Soviet efforts to create an atheistic, scientific society. Husband shows that religion, contrary to Bolshevik assertions, was not merely an expression of gullibility and ignorance but a firmly entrenched system for ordering family and community relationships. The Bolsheviks' efforts to

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"Godless Communists" offers a fresh interpretation of early Soviet efforts to create an atheistic, scientific society. Husband shows that religion, contrary to Bolshevik assertions, was not merely an expression of gullibility and ignorance but a firmly entrenched system for ordering family and community relationships. The Bolsheviks' efforts to abolish the Church failed because they underestimated how tightly religious beliefs were woven into the fabric of the Russians' daily lives.

Exploring the confrontation between secularism and the lower classes' traditional beliefs, "Godless Communists" illustrates how developments between 1917 and 1932 shaped the attitudes toward religion and atheism that endure in Russia today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875805955
Publisher:
Northern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Belief and Nonbelief in Prerevolutionary Russia
2 Revolution and Antireligious Policy
3 Materialism and the Secularization of Society
4 Soviet Family Values
5 Resistance, Circumvention, Accommodation
Epilogue
Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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