Old Believers: Religious Dissent and Gender in Russia, 1760-1850

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - History - 257 pages
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The Old Believers were conservative religious dissenters who challenged the Russian Orthodox Church and defied the Imperial state. This book examines the relationship between Old Believers, religion, popular dissent and gender. It delves into the inner life of their priestless Old Believer communities in Moscow and St Petersburg between the reigns of Catherine the Great and Nicholas I, and examines religious views, economic activities and their social organisation. The narrative of Old Believer history is presented against the changing political climate in Russia from that of the Enlightened toleration to bureaucratic repression.
  

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Contents

the origins of priestless Old Believers
21
Old Believer communities
59
denial of sexuality and Theodosian
109
marriage family and gender
146
relations between the Russian
184

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Irina Paert is Lecturer in History at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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