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The Crisis of Religious Toleration in Imperial Russia


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Introduction Part 1: Origins of the crisis: 1842-52 1: The Belaia Krinitsa Hierarchy 2: The Preobrazhenskoe Cemetery 3: The Beguny Commission and the Statistical Expeditions Part 2: The Crisis unfolds: 1853-5 4: Bibikov's System 5: The Failure of Legality 6: The Crimean War and the Domestic Enemy 7: The Offensive against the Capitalist-Fanatics 8: The End of Bibikov's System Epilogue Conclusion Bibliography

About the Author

Thomas Marsden read History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, before receiving his DPhil as the Peter Storey Scholar at Balliol College. He is now a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.


An absolute must for those studying Russian religion, politics and society. * James M. White (Ural Federal University), European History Quarterly, Vol. 47 *
Marsden has made a major contribution to understanding the history of Russian state policy toward religion in general and the Old Belief in particular. A delight to read, this book offers an important perspective on the dilemmas that faced the modernizing Russian state and its enlightened bureaucrats in the mid-19th century. Political scientists and historians of Russia and Europe interested in the development of the secular state will find it stimulating and useful. * Eugene Clay, Reviews in History *
Marsden's book has numerous virtues. Firstly, it is necessary to note the vast amount of archival work conducted by the author and the rigorous use of published sources. Second, Marsden succeeds in placing his relatively narrow theme into a wider context, discussing as he does questions relating to religious toleration, international relations, nation building, and state formation ... the material presented in this book will serve as an excellent basis for further research on the history of the Russian Empire's confessional system: no less than this, the author's conceptualization is undoubtedly a wonderful start to fruitful scholarly debate on this subject. * Numen *
Scholars of religion and especially dissent in Russia, as well as those focusing on governance and state ideology, will benefit handsomely from reading this well-researched book. * Paul W. Werth, Slavonic and East European Review, *

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