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Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge

Sonja Luehrmann

Abstract

Russian archives contain a wealth of information on religiosity during the Soviet era, but most of it is written from the hostile perspective of officials and scholars charged with promoting atheism. Based on archival research in locations as diverse as the multi-religious Volga region, Moscow, and Texas, this book argues that much can be learned about Soviet religiosity by a focus not just on what documents say but also on what their originators did. Especially during the post-war decades (1950s–1970s), the puzzle of religious persistence under socialism challenged atheists to develop new app ... More

Keywords: archives, atheism, Soviet Union, religiosity, historical sources, Cold War, documentation, secularism, samizdat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199943623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199943623.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonja Luehrmann, author
assistant professor of anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC