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

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Part of New Studies in European History

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521169561

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  • Russia on the Eve of Modernity is a pioneering exploration of a world that has been largely destroyed by revolutionary upheavals and obscured in historical memory by scholarly focus on elites. Drawing on traditional religious texts, ethnographic materials and contemporary accounts, this book brings to light the ideas and perceptions of the ordinary Russian people of the towns and countryside who continued to live in a pre-modern, non-Western culture that showed great resilience to the very end of the Romanov Empire. Leonid Heretz offers an overview of traditional Russian understandings of the world and its workings, and shows popular responses to events from the assassination of Alexander II to the First World War. This history of ordinary Russians illuminates key themes ranging from peasant monarchism to apocalyptic responses to intrusions from the modern world and will appeal to scholars of Russian history and the history of religion in modern Europe.

    • Brings to light the ideas and perceptions of the ordinary Russian people in Late Imperial Russia
    • Shows popular responses to events from the assassination of Alexander II to the First World War
    • A major contribution to the history of religion in modern Europe and popular culture in late imperial Russia
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    '… offers a useful insight into the Old Believer and Sectarian mentalities, and includes some engaging anecdotes of peasant popular culture.' European History Quarterly

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521169561
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The traditional worldview
    2. The old believers: modernization as apocalypse
    3. The sectarians: dualism and secret history
    4. Folk eschatology
    5. The assassination of Alexander II and folk tsarism
    6. Cholera and famine: the demonization of the nobility
    7. The Japanese war: peasant Russia and the wider world
    8. 1905: revolution or reaction?:
    9. The great war and the crisis of the traditional culture
    Epilogue
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Leonid Heretz, Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts

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