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Atheism and Society in Soviet Russia, 1917–1932
William B. Husband
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice 2000
"Valuable.... ‘Godless Communists' provides an abundance of evidence for belief as a complex and changing cultural phenomenon."—Slavic Review
"The best and most comprehensive treatment of its subject to date."—Choice
"Elegantly written.... A sophisticated, unjaundiced treatment of Orthodoxy after 1917."—H-Net Reviews
"Godless Communists" offers a fresh interpretation of early Soviet efforts to create an atheistic, scientific society. Husband shows that religion, contrary to Bolshevik assertions, was not merely an expression of gullibility and ignorance but a firmly entrenched system for ordering family and community relationships. The Bolsheviks' efforts to abolish the Church failed because they underestimated how tightly religious beliefs were woven into the fabric of the Russians' daily lives.
(2000) 258 pp.
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