Cross and Commissar

Cross and Commissar

The Politics of Religion in Eastern Europe and the USSR

Book - 1987
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"Anyone trying to understand... the recent history of Eastern Europe (including the Soviet Union) will find this book... extremely useful.... a common sense view of theory and historical study.... a successful product that both enlightens and informs." --American Historical Review

"... valuable reading." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"... welcome and insightful... " --Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

"It is an important study that produces a fairly rich bounty of information about political-religious relationships, the tie between the church and state, and the influence of religious beliefs on society." --Slavic Reviww

"... deserves intensive attention by scholars... " --Journal of Church and State

"The book's strengths lie in its range, documentation, strongly analytical, and subtly nuanced treatment, consistent awareness of the complexity and dynamism of the various church-state relationships, and its generally judicious blend of theoretical and empirical aspects." --History

"Cross and Commissar is a sober, richly documented analysis that is useful and fascinating. It is well written, researched, and organized and fills an unfortunate lacuna in the literature in the area of church-state relations." --The Annals of the American Academy

"This monograph is a tour de force... " --Modern Greek Studies Yearbook

Communist regimes take an active stance vis-#65533;-vis religion, framing religious policies with an eye toward broader political objectives. Cross and Commissar provides the first systematic, comparative attempt at applying social-scientific theories to illuminate the nature of church-state interaction and the contemporary religious scene in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1987
ISBN: 9780253315755
0253315751
Characteristics: x, 244 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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