Eastern Christianity and the Cold War, 1945-91 - Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe (Hardback)Lucian Leustean (editor)
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Despite widespread persecution, Orthodox churches not only survived the Cold War period but levels of religiosity in Orthodox countries remained significant. This book examines the often surprising relations between Orthodox churches and political regimes. It provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics between Eastern Christianity and politics from the end of the Second World War to the fall of communism, covering 40 Orthodox churches including diasporic churches in Africa, Asia, America and Australia. Based on research from recently-opened archives and publications in a wide range of European languages, it analyses church-state relations on both sides of the Iron Curtain. It discusses the following key themes: the relationship between Orthodox churches and political power; religious resistance to communism; the political control of churches; religion and propaganda; monasticism and theological publications; religious diplomacy within the Orthodox commonwealth; and religious contacts between East and West.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 22 mm
"A comprehensive, concise and up-to-date overview, this collection of articles is a praiseworthy initiative and fills a gap in the literature on the contemporary Orthodox world; it will serve as handbook for scholars of Orthodoxy as well as for a wider interested public...The volume...is a valuable contribution to the literature about Eastern Christianity, and the well-documented articles and general bibliography at the end provide a straightforward gateway into the theme of contemporary Orthodoxy." - Kristina Stoeckl, Religion, State and Society, 38:3, 2010
"Studies of the Russian Church under Communism? Yes, there have been many. Studies of the Romanian, Serbian and Bulgarian Orthodox Churches? You have to work hard to find them. The Georgian, Polish, Macedonian Orthodox Churches? This book has them, but it goes far beyond that, including chapters on the Orthodox Churches in Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Ethiopia, and many others in the period from the end of the Second World War to the collapse of communism in 1991 [...] This is an undertaking never before attempted, an encyclopaedia of sorts" - Michael Bourdeaux, Church Times, 11 May 2010
"The volume includes articles on large and small national Churches from eastern Europe to the Caucasus; autonomous and semi-autonomous Churches from Finland to Ethiopia; Orthodox minority groups and diaspora communities from USA to India and China; provides the names of the important religious leaders and the titles of the main religious publications; presents statistical figures and lists recent bibliographical references and, quite thoughtfully, even adding a list of topics that are not (yet) sufficiently researched. As a result, the reader is presented with a tour de force of world Orthodoxy within a specific historical framework - a useful tool for teachers and students of history, sociology, and political sciences." - Inna Naletova, Journal of Religion in Europe
"A unique attempt at global history of Eastern Christianity, the book reveals how Orthodoxy survived an unparalleled attempt at annihilation due to the perseverance of believers, the failure of antireligious campaigns, and pragmatic collaboration with the unbelieving leadership. This compendium sheds fitful beams of light on a thoroughly neglected aspect of Cold War history." - Lucien J. Frary, Rider University; Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
"[...] each chapter offers an extremely useful summary of the history of its particular Church or Churches; for anyone wishing to find background information on any or all of these Churches this book will provide an ideal introduction [...] This book is comprehensive, well-organised and well edited. I read it with pleasure and profit." - R. J. Crampton, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"This is a volume which offers much to anyone interested, for whatever reason, in how Eastern Christianity fared during the Cold War. With its extensive reliance on recently opened archives, this book unquestionably offers genuine advances on previous studies. It is a volume which should be added to the libraries of many seminaries and any university offering undergraduate courses or graduate programs in Eastern European studies." - James R. Payton, Jr., Redeemer University College, Ancaster ON, Canada; RELIGION IN EASTERN EUROPE XXXI, 2 (May 2011)
"[The editor] has brought together some of the most distinguished scholars of Orthodoxy to produce a reference work replete with fascinating bibliographical information that is bound to stimulate further work on the struggle of world Orthodoxy to survive in an acutely hostile political environment." - Tom Gallagher, European History Quarterly
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