Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries / Edition 1

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This book traces the evolution of religious attitudes in an important transitional period in Russian history. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Russia saw the gradual decline of monastic spirituality, the rise of miracle cults, and ultimately the birth of a more personal and private faith that stressed morality instead of public rituals. Bushkovitch not only skillfully reconstructs these rapid and fundamental changes in the Russian religious experience, but also shows how they were influenced by European religious ideas and how they foreshadowed the secularization of Russian society usually credited to Peter the Great.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A bold and remarkable book....This stimulating book draws our attention to the full range of Moscovite religiosity."—Modern Greek Studies Yearbook

"This is a fresh, well-documented, and important work, filling a near-total void in the history of religion in Russia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as opposed to the history of the church, or the history of literature. There is simply no work like it, whether in English or Russian, which analyzes the changes and the complexities in Rusian spirituality during these centuries."—Brenda Meehan-Waters, University of Rochester

"It is a most welcome addition to the scholarly literature."—American Historical Review

"Bushkovitch's superb book...breaks important ground by reopening the field of religious history and sets a high standard for works on religion yet to come."—The Russian Review

"Bushkovitch's book is a masterful work, based on a vast array of published and unpublished material."—Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195069464
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Yale University
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Russian History and Russian Orthodoxy 3
1 Orthodoxy in the Sixteenth Century 10
2 The Landholding Class and Its Religious World 32
3 The Church in the Seventeenth Century 51
4 Saints and Miracles in Church Policy 74
5 The Era Of Miracles 100
6 The Beginnings of Change 128
7 The Rise of the Sermon 150
Conclusion 176
Appendix: The Manuscripts of Epifanii Slavinetskii's Sermons 180
Notes 183
Bibliography 241
Index 265
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