Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2003 - History - 407 pages
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Histories of the USSR during World War II generally portray the Kremlin's restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church as an attempt by an ideologically bankrupt regime to appeal to Russian nationalism in order to counter the mortal threat of Nazism. Here,
 

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Contents

Religion and Nationality The Soviet Dilemma 19391941
27
Stalins Holy War Begins 19411943
51
Fighting the Holy War
91
A Holy Hatred toward the Enemy The Church as Servant of Soviet Foreign Policy 19421943
93
A Vatican of Sorts
123
The Gatherer of the Ukrainian Lands The Church and the Restoration of Soviet Power in the Western Borderlands
163
Selling the Alliance
203
You Made Me Love You Selling the Alliance Begins
205
Amplifying the Soviet Voice
245
Guardians of the Truth
279
Conclusion
315
NOTES
337
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WORKS CITED
387
INDEX
397
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Steven Merritt Miner is professor of history at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is author of Between Churchill and Stalin: The Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Grand Alliance.

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