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Modern Occultism in Late Imperial Russia
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Modern Occultism in Late Imperial Russia traces the history of occult thought and practice from its origins in private salons to its popularity in turn-of-the-century mass culture. In lucid prose, Julia Mannherz examines the ferocious public debates of the 1870s on higher dimensional mathematics and the workings of séance phenomena, discusses the world of cheap instruction manuals and popular occult journals, and looks at haunted houses, which brought together the rural settings and the urban masses that obsessed over them. In addition, Mannherz looks at reactions of Russian Orthodox theologians to the occult.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. 1—The Laboratory in the Salon: Spiritualism Comes to Russia
  2. pp. 21-47
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  1. 2—Occult Science and the Russian Public
  2. pp. 48-78
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  1. 3—The Occult Metropolis: Putting the Hidden to Practical Use
  2. pp. 79-110
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  1. 4—Servants, Priests, and Haunted Houses
  2. pp. 111-139
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  1. 5—Popular Occultism and the Orthodox Church
  2. pp. 140-162
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  1. 6—The Occult at Court: Mariia Puare and the Fate of Occultism during the Great War
  2. pp. 163-188
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 189-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-248
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-276
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