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Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism, and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917
Radical Protestant Christianity became widespread in rural parts of southern Russia and Ukraine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Russia's Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism, and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917, studies the origins and evolution of the theology and practices of these radicals and their contribution to an alternative culture in the region.
Arising from a confluence of immigrant Anabaptists from central Europe and native Russian religious dissident movements, the new sects shared characteristics with both their antecedents in Europe and their contemporaries in the Shaker and Quaker movements on the American frontier. The radicals' lives showed energy and initiative reminiscent of Max Weber's famous paradigm in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism . And women participated in congregations no less than men and often led them.
The radicals criticized the existing social and political order, created their own educational system, and in some cases engaged in radical politics. Their contributions, argues Zhuk, help explain the receptiveness of peasants in this region to the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
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"This is a study that not only makes a very important contribution to Russian religious, cultural, and social history, but will stimulate controversy about Russia's place in world history."--Glennys Young, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington
List of Figures
Map of the Southern Provinces of the Russian Empire
Introduction: The Forgotten Pioneers of Radical Evangelicalism in Russia--Historiography, Theory, and Sources
1. Colonialization, Emancipation, and Religious Radicalism
2. The Shalaputs
3. The Stundists
4. Peasant Theologians and the Protestant Ethic
5. The Stundo-Shalaputs, or the Maliovantsy
6. Orthodox Peasants No More
7. The Religious Radicals' Rebellion Epilogue From Christian Millennium to Bolshevik Utopia
Appendix A. Population of Southern Russian and Ukrainian Provinces, 1861-1900, according to the Governors' Reports
Appendix B. Sects in the Southern European Provinces of the Russian Empire, according to the Census of 1897
Appendix C. The Registered Sects in the Southern European Provinces of the Russian Empire, according to the Census of 1909-10