Download Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical by Sonja Luehrmann PDF

By Sonja Luehrmann

What can atheists let us know approximately spiritual lifestyles? Russian files include a wealth of knowledge on religiosity through the Soviet period, yet so much of it truly is written from the opposed viewpoint of officers and students charged with selling atheism. in keeping with archival study in destinations as assorted because the multi-religious Volga quarter, Moscow, and Texas, Sonja Luehrmann argues that we will be able to research very much approximately Soviet religiosity after we concentration not only on what records say but additionally on what they did. in particular throughout the post-war a long time (1950s-1970s), the puzzle of non secular patience less than socialism challenged atheists to strengthen new ways to learning and theorizing faith whereas additionally attempting to regulate it. making an allowance for the common sense of submitting platforms in addition to the content material of records, the e-book exhibits how documentary motion made non secular believers firmly part of Soviet society whereas at the same time casting them as ideologically alien. while juxtaposed with oral, revealed, and samizdat resources, the documents of associations corresponding to the Council of non secular Affairs and the Communist occasion tackle a dialogical caliber. In distanced and punctiliously circumscribed shape, they maintain lines of encounters with non secular believers. in contrast, collections compiled through western supporters throughout the chilly struggle occasionally lack this ideological friction, recruiting Soviet believers right into a deceptively easy binary of faith as opposed to communism. via cautious readings and comparisons of alternative documentary genres and depositories, this e-book opens up a tough set of resources to scholars of faith and secularism.

Show description

Read Online or Download Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge (Oxford Series on History and Archives) PDF

Best russian history books

A Book Without Photographs

Sergei Shargunovs A publication with out images follows the younger journalist and activist via chosen snapshots from assorted classes of his extraordinary lifestyles. via thoughts either sharp and obscure, we see scenes from Shargunovs Soviet youth, his upbringing within the family members of a clergyman; his adventure of growing to be up in the course of the fall of empire and learning journalism at Moscow kingdom college; his journey to war-torn Chechnya and Kyrgyzstan through the revolution; his first steps in the direction of a fledgling political profession.

Anna's Shtetl (Judaic Studies Series)

A unprecedented view of a youth in a eu ghetto. Anna Spector was once born in 1905 in Korsun, a Ukrainian city at the Ros River, 80 miles south of Kiev. Held by means of Poland till 1768 and annexed by way of the Tsar in 1793 Korsun and its fluid ethnic inhabitants have been attribute of the faded of payment in japanese Europe: created from Ukrainians, Cossacks, Jews and different teams residing uneasily jointly in relationships punctuated by way of violence.

The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1928–41 (Fortress)

Within the years following the Civil conflict, plans have been drawn as much as construct an immense set of fortifications alongside the Russian western border. paintings all started in 1926, resulting in a entrance that stretched over 2,000km from the Baltic to the Black Sea. by the point of the outbreak of worldwide conflict II, the defences of the Stalin Line, because it used to be recognized, have been principally entire – yet have been additionally now too a ways at the back of the recent Soviet border to be of any use in capability offensives.

Avenging Angels: Soviet women snipers on the Eastern front (1941–45)

The women got here from each nook of the U. S. S. R. They have been manufacturing unit staff, family servants, academics and clerks, and few have been older than twenty. although many had led demanding lives prior to the warfare, not anything can have ready them for the brutal proof in their new lifestyles: with their kingdom on its knees, and hundreds of thousands of its males already useless, grievously wounded or in captivity, from 1942 onwards millions of Soviet ladies have been proficient as snipers.

Extra resources for Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge (Oxford Series on History and Archives)

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.19 of 5 – based on 45 votes