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Orthodox Christianity and the Politics of Transition
Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia



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ISBN 9780367420079
November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book discusses in detail how Orthodox Christianity was involved in and influenced political transition in Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia after the collapse of communism. Based on original research, including extensive interviews with clergy and parishioners as well as historical, legal and policy analysis, the book argues that the nature of the involvement of churches in post-communist politics depended on whether the interests of the church (for example, in education, the legal system or economic activity) were accommodated or threatened: if accommodated, churches confined themselves to the sacred domain; if threatened they engaged in daily politics. If churches competed with each other for organizational interests, they evoked the support of nationalism while remaining within the religious domain.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1 – Churches and Political Traditions: Historical Contexts and Legacies

1 Church-State Relations in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

2 Communist Past and Post-Communist Present: Historical and Contextual Variations

Part 2 – Churches and Political Operations: Institutional and Grassroots Accounts

3 Churches and Revolutions in Ukraine, Serbia, and Georgia

4 Being A Prominent Priest in Contemporary Serbia and Georgia

5 "We Are Now the Orthodox!": Religion in Times of War in Ukraine

6 Churches and Public Policy: Discourse vs. Practice

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

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Author(s)

Biography

Tornike Metreveli is an International Postdoctoral Fellow and a Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.