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By Steven Merritt Miner

Histories of the USSR in the course of global warfare II in most cases painting the Kremlin's recovery of the Russian Orthodox Church as an test via an ideologically bankrupt regime to entice Russian nationalism on the way to counter the mortal hazard of Nazism. right here, Steven Merritt Miner argues that this model of occasions, whereas no longer totally unfaithful, is incomplete. utilizing newly opened Soviet-era files in addition to ignored British and American resources, he examines the advanced and profound function of faith, specially Russian Orthodoxy, within the guidelines of Stalin's govt in the course of global battle II.

Miner demonstrates that Stalin made up our minds to revive the Church to prominence no longer essentially as a method to stoke the fires of Russian nationalism yet as a device for restoring Soviet energy to components that the pink military recovered from German career. The Kremlin additionally harnessed the Church for propaganda campaigns geared toward convincing the Western Allies that the USSR, faraway from being a resource of non secular repression, was once a bastion of spiritual freedom. In his end, Miner explores how Stalin's spiritual coverage assisted in shaping the postwar background of the USSR.

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