Religion, State and Politics in the Soviet Union and Successor States

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 22, 1994 - Political Science - 236 pages
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Making use of newly-available archival material, this book provides the first systematic and accessible overview of church-state relations in the Soviet Union. John Anderson explores the shaping of Soviet religious policy from the death of Stalin until the collapse of communism, and considers the problems in this area facing the newly-independent states of the former Soviet Union. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet studies, religious history, and the politics of church-state relations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Khrushchev Towards a new assault
6
Khrushchev Theory into practice
38
Brezhnev Facing up to new challenges
68
Brezhnev and after Combatting religion
102
Gorbachev and the liberalisation of religious policy
137
Religion state and politics into the 1990s
182
Conclusion
215
Bibliography
223
Index
231
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