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Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States By John Anderson

Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States by John Anderson

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Provides a systematic and accessible overview of church-state relations in the Soviet Union. This text explores the shaping of Soviet religious policy from the death of Stalin until the collapse of communism, and considers the place of religion in the post-Soviet future.

Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States Summary

Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States by John Anderson

Making use of newly available archive material, this book provides the first systematic and accessible overview of church-state relations in the Soviet Union. John Anderson explores the shaping of Soviet religious policy from the death of Stalin until the collapse of communism, and considers the place of religion in the post-Soviet future. The book discusses the motivations of Khrushchev's renewed assault on religion, the Brezhnev leadership's response to the election of a Polish Pope and the perceived revitalisation of Islam, the factors underlying Gorbachev's liberalisation of religious policy, and the problems in this area facing the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. This study will be of interest to students and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet studies, religious history, and the politics of church-state relations.

Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States Reviews

"John Anderson's book fills a void....This is a first-rate piece of scholarship and establishes Anderson as one of the foremost scholars in the area of religion and politics in Russia." American Historical Review
"...a solid analysis of one dimension of the Soviet policymaking process in the post-Stalin period. Anderson judiciously employs archival documents and balances them with public discourse through the press and official publications to show that there were indeed discernible contours of policy strategies enunciated through the different channels of the party and state apparatus....[A]n important contribution to the growing body of literature on state-society relations in the post-Stalin period." Peter Konecny, Canadian Journal of History
"[Anderson] has...presented a detailed and well-considered analysis of Soviet Religious policy from Khrushchev to Gorbachev." Serhii Plokhy, Journal of Ukrainian Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Khrushchev: towards a new assault; 3. Khrushchev: theory into practice; 4. Brezhnev: facing up to new challenges; 5. Brezhnev and after: combatting religion; 6. Gorbachev and the liberalisation of religious policy; 7. Religion, state and politics into the 1990s; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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GOR003509853
9780521467841
0521467845
Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States by John Anderson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1994-09-22
252
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