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Religion and Identity in Russia and the Soviet Union

A Festschrift for Paul Bushkovitch

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Publication Year: 2011

Published by: Slavica Publishers

Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-x

Nash uchitel’, nash drug i otets (our teacher, our friend, and father), Paul Bushkovitch, turned 60 in May 2008. A few years earlier, Cathy Potter had suggested to Paul’s cortège of students that we could not let this landmark date pass unobserved. As a result, on 4‒5 April 2008, Yale University hosted a...

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Erudition and Wisdom, Insight and Delight

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pp. 1-8

These pairs of attributes sketch only the most remarkable of Paul Bushkovitch’s qualities as a historian. His knowledge is deep and profound, his historical judgment is sound and penetrating, and his work is regularly peppered with nuance, irony, and wit. We are all in his debt for a wideranging...

Conference Program

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pp. 9-10

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Princes, Politics, and Chronicles in 15th-Century Russia

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pp. 11-24

In 1400, Russia was fragmented, its political structure disjointed, its social structure in flux, its historical records sparse; according to these measures, Russia was roughly on par with pre-­Carolingian Europe. By 1700, the Russian state was a centralized, bureaucratic continental power. The hundred years...

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Expressions of Non-Elite Identity and Perspectives in Pre-Petrine Russia

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pp. 25-42

“I, Patrikei, and Terentei Ivan’s sons, have given…,” “I, Ivan Zinov’ev’s son of Varzuga, have sold…,” and “a certain man named Feodor reported…” are familiar formulas introducing texts that express personal intent, deliberate activity, and personal experience among Russia’s non-­‐‑elite. Yet, because of...

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The Perils of Profit: Patrons and Protection in Muscovite Trade

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pp. 43-62

Communities of “strangers” or resident aliens have received the most attention in the works of anthropologists, ethnologists, and sociologists. Among historians, interest in the subject has not been absent. However, until relatively recently the focus of historical analysis has been on the organization...

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Nicolae Milescu Spafarii's Khrismologion and Kniga o Sivilliakh: Prophecies of Power in Late 17th-Century Russia

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pp. 63-80

The Moldavian-born writer, translator, diplomat, and adventurer Nicolae Milescu Spafarii arrived at the Muscovite court of Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich in June 1671 a well-traveled man. Having received a splendid education in Constantinople and in Italy, having served as secretary and advisor...

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The Saint of Russian Reformation: Tikhon of Zadonsk and Protestant Influences in the 18th-Century Russian Orthodox Church

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pp. 81-106

When Fedor M. Dostoevskii set out to write The Brothers Karamazov, his attention focused on St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, whose persona inspired the writer to create the character of the elder Zosima.2 The Vita and cult of this 18th-century theologian, monk, and bishop of Voronezh captivated Dostoevskii’s...

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Crying Their Hearts Out: A Case of Public Penance in the Era of Catherine the Great

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pp. 107-126

On 24 March 1766, Catherine the Great (r. 1762‒96) issued a remarkable manifesto. She ordered that the supply/quartermaster officer of the Life Guards of the Preobrazhenskii Regiment, Aleksei Zhukov, and his wife Varvara, who had been condemned to death for the murders of Zhukov’s mother and sister...

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The Reformation in Finland- A Historiography of Continuities

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pp. 127-144

A steady and substantial stream of scholarship on the Reformation in Finland has been produced since the late 19th century. Nonetheless, substantially differing schools of interpretation have not arisen, even between scholarly generations. Several factors have contributed to this. The first is institutional...

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Know Thine Enemy: The Travails of the Kazan School of Russian Missionary Orientology

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pp. 145-164

In Russia, more than among the other European schools of Orientology, the academic discipline was tightly bound to the needs of the state. Russian Orientology is therefore a particularly good test case for the ideas of the late Edward Said about scholarship of the East as a handmaiden for imperial...

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Resistance and Accommodation: The Rite of Orthodoxy in Modern Russia

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pp. 165-190

During his trip to Russia in 1845, the Czech author and political journalist Karel Havlícek-­‐‑Borovský wrote the following regarding a liturgical ritual that he witnessed in Moscow’s Dormition cathedral on the first Sunday of Great Lent: “Nothing like this can be found anywhere in Europe! For the sake of...

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Austria-Hungary, Russia and the Dilemmas of Foreign Policy in Galicia Before World War I

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pp. 191-210

In the years immediately before the outbreak of World War I, the multiethnic borderlands that had once comprised the old Polish-­‐‑Lithuanian Commonwealth (Rzeczpospolita Polska) became a key battleground in the struggle for mastery being waged between Russia and the Central Powers.1 This region...

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Girl Meets Elephant, with Unexpected Results

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pp. 211-230

In January 1987 I walked into a banter-filled classroom dominated by a bear of a man who at that precise moment was busy futzing with an old coffee percolator and a box of jelly donuts. Once the coffee was in process, Professor Paul Bushkovitch called the ranks to order and proceeded to give us our...

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"Russia and the West" in a Soviet Key: Theodore Dreiser’s Russian Diary

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pp. 231-252

On 7 October 1927, the American writer Theodore Dreiser received a telephone call inviting him to travel to Moscow, at Soviet expense, as a delegate for the official celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution exactly one month later.1 The call came from the U.S. representative of the...

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Sources First!

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pp. 253-256

Opening this volume, Nancy Shields Kollmann eloquently described Paul Bushkovitch’s qualities as a scholar. The collected essays that follow serve as an impressive tribute to him as a teacher and mentor. Their wide range and remarkably high quality make clear just how much he transmitted to his...

Paul Bushkovitch: Published Works and Selected Reviews

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pp. 257-264


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pp. 265-266

E-ISBN-13: 9780893578794
E-ISBN-10: 0893578797
Print-ISBN-13: 9780893573799
Print-ISBN-10: 0893573795

Publication Year: 2011

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Subject Headings

  • Soviet Union -- Politics and government.
  • National characteristics, Russian -- History.
  • Identity (Psychology) -- Religious aspects -- Russkai͡a pravoslavnai͡a t͡serkovʹ.
  • Christianity and politics -- Russia -- History.
  • Christianity and politics -- Soviet Union -- History.
  • Bushkovitch, Paul.
  • Nationalism -- Russia -- History.
  • Nationalism -- Soviet Union -- History.
  • Russia -- Politics and government.
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