Russia on the Eve of Modernity: Popular Religion and Traditional Culture under the Last Tsars

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The aim of this series in early modern and modern European history is to publish outstanding works of research, addressed to important themes across a wide geographical range, from southern and central Europe, to Scandinavia and Russia, from the time of the Renaissance to the Second World War. As it develops, the series will comprise focused works of wide contextual range and intellectual ambition.

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"...a strong—and to my mind correct—statement about how Russian folklore should be studied." -David Elton Gay, Journal of Folklore Research

These books mark a new direction in the study of religious beliefs and practices among the lower classes of the Russian Empire.

"Heretz...has produced a rich and detailed work, which he carries into the Soviet period and places in an international context." -Nadieszda Kizenko, Russian Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521169561
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/2010
  • Series: New Studies in European History Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonid Heretz is Associate Professor at the History Department, Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     viii
Introduction     1
The traditional worldview     14
The Old Believers: modernization as apocalypse     42
The sectarians: dualism and secret history     76
Folk eschatology     102
The assassination of Alexander II (1881) and folk Tsarism     119
The year of famine and cholera (1891-1892): demonization of the nobility     130
The Japanese War: peasant Russia and the wider world     145
1905: revolution or reaction?     157
The Great War and the crisis of the traditional culture     191
Epilogue     234
Bibliography     239
Primary sources     240
Secondary sources     247
Index     257
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