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Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945
     

Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945

by Steven Merritt Miner
 

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Using newly declassified sources, Miner shows how the Kremlin used religion to mobilize Russian nationalism throughout the Soviet Union and impose Soviet authority on western borderland territories.

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Using newly declassified sources, Miner shows how the Kremlin used religion to mobilize Russian nationalism throughout the Soviet Union and impose Soviet authority on western borderland territories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469614946
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Steven Miner's book helps to explain why Soviet authorities never managed to stamp out religious belief among the peoples of the U.S.S.R. Focusing on the World War II experience, Miner documents a remarkable gap between decisions made at the top and policies implemented at lower levels, even under Stalin. The result is one of the most significant reassessments of Soviet history since the Cold War ended.--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University

A penetrating book on the complex and profound role of religion, especially Russian Orthodoxy, in the policies of Stalin's government during World War II. . . . His examination sheds light on the origins of the Cold War and of the Soviet Union's implosion in 1991. He is also able to refute some revisionist scholars, who argue that Stalin was not really an ideologue, but a 'Red Tsar' or a practitioner of realpolitik.--Catholic Historical Review

Meet the Author

Steven Merritt Miner is professor of history at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is author of Between Churchill and Stalin: The Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Grand Alliance.

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