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The Tsar's Foreign Faiths: Toleration and the Fate of Religious Freedom in Imperial Russia

Paul W. Werth


The Russian Empire presented itself to its subjects and the world as an Orthodox state, a patron and defender of Eastern Christianity. Yet the tsarist regime also praised itself for granting religious freedoms to its many heterodox subjects, making “religious toleration” a core attribute of the state’s identity. The Tsar’s Foreign Faiths shows that the resulting tensions between the autocracy’s commitments to Orthodoxy and its claims to toleration became a defining feature of the empire’s religious order. In a panoramic account ranging widely across time and space, the author explores the scop ... More

Keywords: Empire, freedom of conscience, toleration, religion, Orthodoxy, Islam, Catholicism, Judaism, diversity, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591770
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul W. Werth, author
Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas