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Working Souls

Russian Orthodoxy and Factory Labor in St. Petersburg, 1881–1917


Publication Year: 2007

Published by: Slavica Publishers


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Note on the Series

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. iii-iv

From the Series Editors

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pp. vii-ix

It is with great pleasure and relief, that I am now able to offer my gratitude to all the people who have helped me write this book. Though I hardly know where to start, as a historian I think I'll begin with my sources- or more specifically, those who have helped me to...


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pp. 1-28

Boris Ivanov was 15 years old when he began to work at an enormous baked goods and candy factory in St. Petersburg on the eve of 1905.3 In 1919, having drunk a bit of the self-importance rationed to him as a member of the...

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Chapter One: Going to the People, with God: The Orthodox Mission among the Factory Population of St. Petersburg, 1881-1905

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pp. 29-75

In 1902, an article published in the gazette of the St. Petersburg diocese reflected upon the impact of industrialization on contemporary Russian society. Writing under the title "The Idols of Modernity," the author complained that factory industrialization,...

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Chapter Two: Icons on the Factory Floor: Traditional Orthodox Rituals and the Modern Rhythms of Factory Life

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pp. 76-114

Well into the 20th century, the vast majority of workers in St. Petersburg had been raised either in the village as rural Orthodox or in the city by rural Orthodox parents.1 Most had been given a cross to wear at the time of their baptism,...

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pp. a-l

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Chapter Three: What to Believe or Not to Believe: Worker Conversion Stories and the Politics of Religious Identity

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pp. 115-152

During the last decades of the 19th century, the city of St. Petersburg was an emerging marketplace in religious beliefs and thoughts on God. It was not, of course, a free market, since the capital was also the seat of the official Orthodox Church, which insisted on the legal...

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Chapter Four: Bearing the Cross of the Working Class: The Orthodox and The Labor Question, 1896–1907

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pp. 153-199

In 1870, during the early stage of Russia's intensive industrial drive, the extraordinarily successful Petersburg entrepreneur N.I. Putilov presided over an extravagant celebration in honor of his company's latest achievements in railroad...

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Chapter Five: Moral Protests and Revolutions of the Spirit in Working Class Life, 1905-17

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pp. 200-241

On the morning of the march to the Winter Palace on 9 January 1905, a middle-aged worker rose to speak before a section meeting of Father Gapon's Assembly on...

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pp. 242-256

In the 1890's, the church known as "Varshavka" was added to the landscape of St. Petersburg in a part of the capital rich in industry and capitalism, but almost completely devoid of religious life...


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E-ISBN-13: 9780893578398
E-ISBN-10: 0893578398
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893573393
Print-ISBN-10: 0893573396

Page Count: 290
Illustrations: 12
Publication Year: 2007

Series Title: The Allan K. Wildman Group Historical Series
Series Editor Byline: Michael Melancon and Alice K. Pate