Cross and Commissar

Cross and Commissar

The Politics of Religion in Eastern Europe and the USSR
Sabrina P. Ramet
Distribution: World
Publication date: 09/22/1987
ISBN: 978-0-253-11481-5
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Anyone trying to understand... the recent history of Eastern Europe (including the Soviet Union) will find this book... extremely useful.... a common sense view of theory and historical study.... a successful product that both enlightens and informs." —American Historical Review

... valuable reading." —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

... welcome and insightful... " —Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

It is an important study that produces a fairly rich bounty of information about political-religious relationships, the tie between the church and state, and the influence of religious beliefs on society." —Slavic Reviww

... deserves intensive attention by scholars... " —Journal of Church and State

The book’s strengths lie in its range, documentation, strongly analytical, and subtly nuanced treatment, consistent awareness of the complexity and dynamism of the various church-state relationships, and its generally judicious blend of theoretical and empirical aspects." —History

Cross and Commissar is a sober, richly documented analysis that is useful and fascinating. It is well written, researched, and organized and fills an unfortunate lacuna in the literature in the area of church-state relations." —The Annals of the American Academy

This monograph is a tour de force... " —Modern Greek Studies Yearbook

Communist regimes take an active stance vis-à-vis religion, framing religious policies with an eye toward broader political objectives. Cross and Commissar provides the first systematic, comparative attempt at applying social-scientific theories to illuminate the nature of church-state interaction and the contemporary religious scene in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

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““Anyone trying to understand . . . the recent history of Eastern Europe (including the Soviet Union) will find this book . . . extremely useful. . . . a common sense view of theory and historical study. . . . a successful product that both enlightens and informs.” —American Historical Review “ . . . valuable reading.” —Journal of the American Academy of Religion “ . . . welcome and insightful . . . ” —Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists “It is an important study that produces a fairly rich bounty of information about political-religious relationships, the tie between the church and state, and the influence of religious beliefs on society.” —Slavic Reviww “ . . . deserves intensive attention by scholars . . . ” —Journal of Church and State “The book’s strengths lie in its range, documentation, strongly analytical, and subtly nuanced treatment, consistent awareness of the complexity and dynamism of the various church-state relationships, and its generally judicious blend of theoretical and empirical aspects.” —History “Cross and Commissar is a sober, richly documented analysis that is useful and fascinating. It is well written, researched, and organized and fills an unfortunate lacuna in the literature in the area of church-state relations.” —The Annals of the American Academy “This monograph is a tour de force . . . ” —Modern Greek Studies Yearbook Communist regimes take an active stance vis-à-vis religion, framing religious policies with an eye toward broader political objectives. Cross and Commissar provides the first systematic, comparative attempt at applying social-scientific theories to illuminate the nature of church-state interaction and the contemporary religious scene in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.”

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