The opportunities opened up by the Gorbachev reforms have shown that religion is one of the most significant dynamic forces in Soviet society. Yet few scholars have attempted to relate the study of churches and religious movements in recent centuries to the politics and culture of the Soviet Union. To remedy this deficiency, leading western experts on Christianity in the Eastern Slav lands gathered at a conference in London on the occasion of the millennium of the baptism of Rus'. Their papers present unexpected and fascinating insights into an under-rated but crucial aspect of the life of the Soviet peoples.
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Geoffrey Hosking is Professor of Russian history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. He was the BBC Reith Lecturer in 1988 and has taught Russian history, politics and literature at the Universities of Essex, Wisconsin, and Cologne. His publications include Russia and the Russians: a History from Rus to the Russian Federation. Harvard University Press and Allen Lane Penguin Press (2001).Review:
"... especially suitable to make readers aware of such topics as "church" and "nation"/"nationalism" once again." Wolfgang Heller -- Slavic Review, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Summer 1993)
"... provides a mix of close scholarship, general overiews, and interpretive essays in Russian and Ukrainian religious history." Roy Robson -- Russian History, Vol. 20, Nos. 1-4 (1993)
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