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From the PublisherWASHINGTON—Woodrow Wilson Center Press has published a new book, Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, edited by Mark D. Steinberg and Catherine Wanner. It is copublished with Indiana University Press.
In the post-Soviet environment of expanded civil freedom, there is still great everyday uncertainty, unhappiness, injustice, and suffering, and religious organizations and beliefs in Russia and Eurasia face numerous opportunities and intense challenges. Based on recent research and interdisciplinary methodologies, this volume examines how religious organizations and individuals engage the changing and troubled environment in which they live. The contributions investigate not just Russian Orthodoxy, but also Old Belief, Judaism, Islam, Buriat shamanism, and Catholicism. Among the important questions considered are how religion addresses problems of charity, memory, justice, community, morality, nationalism, democracy, and civil liberties.
"The authors contribute fresh field, archival, and literature research, updating aspects of the nexus of religion and politics in the post-Soviet region…The scholarship is impressive."—Marjorie Balzer, Georgetown University
"The chapters in this volume represent the ‘leading edge’ of research in the field."—Serhii Plokhii, University of Alberta
Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and editor of Slavic Review. Catherine Wanner is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University.WILSON QUARTERLY, October 27, 2008