Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia

Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith and Power in the New Russia

by John Garrard, Carol Garrard, John Gordon Garrard
     
 

"In this rewarding book, the Garrards humanize and deliver with great learning the epic story of the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church. They illuminate a lost experience by studying the church through the prism of its spectacular civic rebirth. The Garrards give a meticulously detailed account of the rise of Patriarch Aleksy and his successful use of the faith

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"In this rewarding book, the Garrards humanize and deliver with great learning the epic story of the revival of the Russian Orthodox Church. They illuminate a lost experience by studying the church through the prism of its spectacular civic rebirth. The Garrards give a meticulously detailed account of the rise of Patriarch Aleksy and his successful use of the faith to implant the church and its teachings once again deep into the hearts of Russian people."—Richard Stites, Georgetown University

"This book contains much rich information, colorful detail, and valuable insights. The Garrards know the Russian background intimately. They are dedicated, scrupulous, and immensely hardworking scholars. It is worth reading this book for the footnotes alone."—Rodric Braithwaite, author of Moscow 1941

"A splendid book—scholarly, deeply researched but with the tone of a personal memoir, delivered in a riveting style, and original in its contribution to our reconstruction of Russia's transition out of Communism. The Garrards are marvelous storytellers. Their story will frighten some and reassure others—but either way, this is a book for our times."—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University

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ISBN-13:
9780691125732
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
Note on Transliteration xix
PROLOGUE Sergiev Posad: Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent 1
Chapter One: The End of the Atheist Empire 14
Chapter Two: A New Hope 36
Chapter Three: Rebuilding Holy Moscow 70
Chapter Four: Accursed Questions: Who Is to Blame? 101
Chapter Five: Irreconcilable Differences: Orthodoxy and the West 141
Chapter Six: The Babylonian Legacy: Exiles, Martyrs, and Collaborators 181
Chapter Seven: A Faith-Based Army 207
EPILOGUE: Twenty Years After: From Party to Patriarch 242
Appendix A: Translated Documents 255
Appendix B: Authors' Letter to the New York Times, May 27, 1990 261
Notes 263
Select Bibliography 309
Index 315

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