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Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Paul Bushkovitch


This book traces the evolution of religious attitudes in this important transitional period in Russian history. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Russia saw the gradual decline of monastic spirituality, the rise of miracle cults, and ultimately the birth of a more personal and private faith that stressed morality instead of public rituals. The book not only skillfully reconstructs these rapid and fundamental changes in the Russian religious experience, but also shows how they were influenced by Western European religious ideas and how they foreshadowed the secularization of Russian so ... More

Keywords: religious attitudes, Russian history, monastic spirituality, miracle cults, private faith, Peter the Great, public rituals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780195069464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195069464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Bushkovitch, author
Yale University