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Religion and Society in RussiaThe Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries$
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Paul Bushkovitch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195069464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.001.0001

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The Church in the Seventeenth Century

The Church in the Seventeenth Century

(p.51) 3 The Church in the Seventeenth Century
Religion and Society in Russia

Paul Bushkovitch

Oxford University Press

The most important changes in the religious experience of the upper strata of Russian society in the seventeenth century were the result of internal intellectual trends and the reorientation of court life by Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich, both in response to a changing society and politics. The church was equally or more concerned with other issues, principally its attempts to remold popular religious practices and to check the spread of the schism of Old Belief, as well as with defending its own rights and dignity against the tsar. The church's agenda was thus different from the court's, but the two regularly impinged on one another and in some cases actually overlapped.

Keywords:   Aleksei Mikhailovich, Old Belief, Russian society, court life

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