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The Catholic Church and Soviet Russia, 1917-39

1st Edition

By Dennis J. Dunn


142 pages

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This book, based on extensive research including in the Russian and Vatican archives, charts the development of relations between the Catholic Church and the Soviet Union from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the death of Pope Pius XI in 1939. It provides background information on the animosity between the Orthodox and Catholic churches and moves towards reconciliation between them, discusses Soviet initiatives to eradicate religion in the Soviet Union and spread atheist international communism throughout the world, and explores the Catholic Church’s attempts to survive in the face of persecution within the Soviet Union and extend itself. Throughout the book reveals much new detail on the complex interaction between these two opposing bodies and their respective ideologies.

Table of Contents

1. Background

- Christianity: Early History of the Orthodox and Catholic Traditions

- East Slavs: Ukrainian, Belorussian, and Russian National Identities

2. Muscovy, Russian Empire, and the Catholic Church

- Ivan the Great to Peter II, 1462-1762

- Catherine the Great to Alexander III, 1762-1894

- Nicholas II and the Provisional Government, 1894-1917

3. Soviet Russia and the Catholic Church, 1917-21

- Communist Government and the Catholic Church, 1917-20

- Communist Government and the Catholic Church, 1921

4. Soviet Russia and the Catholic Church, 1921-24

- Communist Government and the Vatican, 1921-24

- Communist Government and the Catholic Church, 1922-24

5. Catholic Church and Vatican Initiatives, Mid-1920s-1930

- Orthodox-Catholic Ties and the Albertyn Experiment

- The d’Herbigny Mission 126

6. Kremlin, Catholic Church, and Collectivization, 1928-33

- The Soviet Government, NEP, and Collectivization (4th Revolution) 149

- Correspondence Related to Collectivization from the Vatican Archives 161

7. Soviet Russia and the Catholic Church under Stalin, 1933-34

- International Scene, 1933-34

- Soviet Government and the Catholic Church, 1933-34

8. Soviet Russia and the Catholic Church under Stalin, 1935-39

- International Scene, 1935-39 205

- Soviet Government and the Catholic Church, 1935-39

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Dennis J. Dunn is a Professor of History and Director of the Center for International Studies at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States

This Series seeks to publish high quality monographs and edited volumes on religion, society and government in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states by focusing primarily on three main themes: the history of churches and religions (including but not exclusively Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism) in relation to governing structures, social groupings and political power; the impact of intellectual ideas on religious structures and values; and the role of religions and faith-based communities in fostering national identities from the nineteenth century until today.

The Series aims to advance the latest research on these themes by exploring the multi-facets of religious mobilisation at local, national and supranational levels. It particularly welcomes studies which offer an interdisciplinary approach by drawing on the fields of history, politics, international relations, religious studies, theology, law, sociology, and anthropology.

Lucian Leustean is Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General