The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

The Politics of Religion in Russia and the New States of Eurasia

Synopsis

The USSR was home to virtually every major world religion, yet every creed but one, Marxism-Leninism, was suppressed until the penultimate years of the Soviet regime. This summary truth has now given way to a very complex and multifarious reality. As an important, sometimes inseparable, part of national heritage, religion is closely, sometimes perversely, caught up in the new post-Soviet politics of nation-state building. For good or for ill, it will be an important factor shaping the future: whether it fulfills its potential as an agent of spiritual renewal and social reconciliation, or is suborned by cynical power seekers, will vary with time, place, and circumstance.

This volume examines the concatenation of religion and nationalism in several regions of the former Soviet Union. John B. Dunlop, Dimitry Pospielovsky, Mikhail Sivertsev, Vsevolod Chaplin, and the editor focus on Russia; Bohdan Bociurkiw, Serhiey Bilokin, and Vasyl Markus on Ukraine; Robert F. Goeckel on the Baltic states; Rafik and Erjan Kurbanov on the Caucasus; and Murial Atkin, M. Nazif Shahrani, and Abdujabar Abduvakitov on Central Asia.
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