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New Studies in European History : Russia on the Eve of Modernity: Popular Religion and Traditional Culture under the Last Tsars - Leonid Heretz

New Studies in European History

Russia on the Eve of Modernity: Popular Religion and Traditional Culture under the Last Tsars


Published: 3rd February 2011
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Russia on the Eve of Modernity is a pioneering exploration of a world that has been largely destroyed by revolutionary upheavals and obscured in historical memory by scholarly focus on elites. Drawing on traditional religious texts, ethnographic materials and contemporary accounts, this book brings to light the ideas and perceptions of the ordinary Russian people of the towns and countryside who continued to live in a pre-modern, non-Western culture that showed great resilience to the very end of the Romanov Empire. Leonid Heretz offers an overview of traditional Russian understandings of the world and its workings, and shows popular responses to events from the assassination of Alexander II to the First World War. This history of ordinary Russians illuminates key themes ranging from peasant monarchism to apocalyptic responses to intrusions from the modern world and will appeal to scholars of Russian history and the history of religion in modern Europe.

'... offers a useful insight into the Old Believer and Sectarian mentalities, and includes some engaging anecdotes of peasant popular culture.' European History Quarterly
"...a strong--and to my mind correct--statement about how Russian folklore should be studied." -David Elton Gay, Journal of Folklore Research
These books mark a new direction in the study of religious beliefs and practices among the lower classes of the Russian Empire.
"Heretz...has produced a rich and detailed work, which he carries into the Soviet period and places in an international context." -Nadieszda Kizenko, Russian Review

The traditional worldview
The old believers: modernization as apocalypse
The sectarians: dualism and secret history
Folk eschatology
The assassination of Alexander II and folk tsarism
Cholera and famine: the demonization of the nobility
The Japanese war: peasant Russia and the wider world
1905: revolution or reaction?
The great war and the crisis of the traditional culture
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ISBN: 9780521169561
ISBN-10: 0521169569
Series: New Studies in European History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 3rd February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42