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Old Believers in Modern Russia
Roy R. Robson
"Valuable.... All those interested in Russian culture and religious life would be well advised to read this."—Nationality Papers
"Lively and sensitive.... An excellent account of Old Belief as it developed between 1905 and 1917."—Slavonic and East European Review
"Concise and highly informative.... This book should be widely appreciated by both graduate students and scholars of Russian culture and society."—East/West Education
The schism that split the Russian Orthodox Church in 1667 alienated thousands of devout men and women. These traditional worshipers, who came to be known as the Old Believers, practiced their faith as outsiders for more than two centuries. Denied the Russian Orthodox Church's sacraments, they in turn denied that its "new" ways could lead them to salvation. Always at odds with the established Russian Orthodox Church and the tsar, the Old Believers created a vibrant separate culture within the imperial Russian state.
(1995) 202 pp., illus.
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