By Daniela Kalkandjieva
This publication tells the impressive tale of the decline and revival of the Russian Orthodox Church within the first half the 20 th century and the striking U-turn within the perspective of the Soviet Union’s leaders in the direction of the church. within the years after 1917 the Bolsheviks’ anti-religious rules, the lack of the previous western territories of the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union’s isolation from the remainder of the realm and the resultant separation of Russian emigrés from the church have been disastrous for the church, which declined very considerably within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. in spite of the fact that, whilst Poland used to be partitioned in 1939 among Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Stalin allowed the Patriarch of Moscow, Sergei, jurisdiction over orthodox congregations within the conquered territories and went on, later, to motivate the church to advertise patriotic actions as a part of the resistance to the Nazi invasion. He agreed a Concordat with the church in 1943, and endured to motivate the church, specifically its claims to jurisdiction over émigré Russian orthodox church buildings, within the speedy postwar interval. in response to huge unique examine, the booklet places ahead loads of new info and overturns demonstrated pondering on many key points.
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