By Betsy Perabo

How may still Christians take into consideration the connection among the workout of army energy and the unfold of Christianity? In Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War, Betsy Perabo appears to be like on the Russo-Japanese battle of 1904-5 during the exact notion of an 'interreligious struggle' among Christian and Buddhist countries, targeting the determine of Nikolai of Japan, the Russian chief of the Orthodox Church in Japan.

Drawing largely on Nikolai's writings along different Russian-language resources, the booklet offers a window into the various Orthodox Christian views at the Russo-Japanese struggle – from the officers who observed the struggle as a campaign for Christian domination of Asia to Nikolai, who remained together with his congregation in Tokyo throughout the conflict. Writings by way of Russian infantrymen, box chaplains, army psychologists, and leaders within the missionary neighborhood give a contribution to a wealthy portrait of a Christian state at battle.

By grounding its dialogue of 'interreligious struggle' within the ancient instance of the Russo-Japanese warfare, and via taking a look at the struggle utilizing the sympathetic and compelling determine of Nikolai of Japan, this publication presents a special standpoint as a way to be of price to scholars and students of either Russian historical past, the background of warfare and faith and spiritual ethics.

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