By Robert O. Crummey

This vital number of essays via a pioneer within the box specializes in the heritage and tradition of a conservative non secular culture whose adherents have fought to maintain their ideals and practices from the seventeenth century via this day. previous trust had its origins in a protest opposed to liturgical reforms within the Russian Orthodox Church within the mid-1600s and fast grew right into a advanced torrent of competition to the Russian country, the reputable church, and the social hierarchy. For previous Believers, sessions of complete spiritual freedom were very brief—from 1905 to 1917 and because the autumn of the Soviet Union.

Crummey examines the ways that outdated Believers shield their center ideals and practices and alter their polemical thoughts and lifestyle in keeping with the altering international. establishing chapters survey the historiography of outdated trust, research the methodological difficulties in learning the circulation as a Russian instance of “popular religion,” and description the 1st a long time of the historical past. specific issues of previous Believer heritage are the point of interest of the remainder of the publication, starting with units of case experiences of spirituality, tradition, and highbrow existence. next chapters research the varied buildings of previous Believer groups and their destiny in instances of persecution. a last essay examines courses of latest students in Novosibirsk whose paintings offers glimpses of the lifetime of conventional believers within the Soviet period.

Old Believers in a altering World will attract students and scholars of Russian background, to these attracted to japanese Orthodoxy, and to these with an curiosity within the comparative heritage of non secular movements.

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