Russia on the eve of modernity : popular religion and traditional culture under the last tsars (Book, 2008) []
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Russia on the eve of modernity : popular religion and traditional culture under the last tsars

Russia on the eve of modernity : popular religion and traditional culture under the last tsars

Author: Leonid Heretz
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: New studies in European history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Russia on the Eve of Modernity is a pioneering exploration of a world that has been largely destroyed by revolutionary upheavals and obscured in historical memory by scholarly focus on elites. Drawing on traditional religious texts, ethnographic materials, and contemporary accounts, this book brings to light the ideas and perceptions of the ordinary Russian people of the towns and countryside who continued to live  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonid Heretz
ISBN: 9780521881777 0521881773 9780521169561 0521169569
OCLC Number: 165082521
Description: ix, 268 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The traditional worldview --
The old believers : modernization as apocalypse --
The sectarians : dualism and secret history --
Folk eschatology --
The assassination of Alexander II (1881) and folk tsarism --
The year of famine and cholera (1891-1892) : the demonization of the nobility --
The Japanese war : peasant Russia and the wider world --
1905 : revolution or reaction? --
The Great War and the crisis of the traditional culture.
Series Title: New studies in European history.
Responsibility: Leonid Heretz.
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Pioneering history of the ordinary Russians who continued to live in a pre-modern, non-Western culture in late Imperial Russia. Leonid Heretz offers an overview of traditional Russian understandings  Read more...


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'... offers a useful insight into the Old Believer and Sectarian mentalities, and includes some engaging anecdotes of peasant popular culture.' European History Quarterly

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Summary of Russian Culture

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A general overview about the Russian culture; has general information about old customs and has more specific descriptions about wars and revolutions...
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