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1837Russia's Quiet Revolution$
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Paul W. Werth

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826354.001.0001

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Orthodoxy Marches West

Orthodoxy Marches West

(p.145) 8 Orthodoxy Marches West

Paul W. Werth

Oxford University Press

On New Year’s Day 1837, what might appear to be an insignificant change in bureaucratic procedure actually signified a major step in effecting one of history’s most striking examples of confessional engineering and in terminating the existence of an entire church within the Russian empire. Formally proclaimed in 1839, the union of the Greek Catholic (Uniate) Church with Orthodoxy pushed the boundary between Western and Eastern Christianity substantially westward, and played a key role both in consolidating a single Orthodox Russian nation and in binding territories previously acquired from Poland to Russia’s central provinces. The audacious project had begun a decade or so earlier, but 1837 represented a decisive moment in this process.

Keywords:   Uniate Church, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, conversion, Joseph Semashko, Poland, nation-building

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