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The Crisis of Religious Toleration in Imperial Russia: Bibikov's System for the Old Believers, 1841–1855

Thomas Marsden


This book is about an unprecedented attempt by the government of Russia’s tsar Nicholas I (1825–55) to eradicate what was seen as one of the greatest threats to its political security: the religious dissent of the Old Believers. The Old Believers had long been reviled by the Orthodox Church, for they claimed to be the guardians of true Orthodoxy; however, the civil authorities often regarded their populous and industrious communities favourably. This changed in the 1840s and 1850s when a series of remarkable cases demonstrated that restrictions upon the dissenters’ religious freedoms could not ... More

Keywords: religious toleration, Old Believers, Russian Empire, nineteenth century, Dmitrii Bibikov, Nicholas I, religion, Russian Orthodoxy, Russian autocracy, Russian nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Marsden, author
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London