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The Second Baptism of Rus'?: The Return of Religion and the (Soviet) Origins of Russian Patriotism

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Webcast Recap

Despite the Soviet Union's commitment to atheism and secularization, religion remained a problem without a solution for most of the Soviet period--until, in 1988, it paradoxically returned to public life by invitation of the state itself. How did the regime's engagement with religion and atheism transform the Soviet Union's understanding of spiritual life? Dr. Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock will discuss how this Soviet legacy illuminates the ideological landscape of contemporary Russia.

Speakers

  • Victoria Smolkin

    Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
    Associate Professor, Department of History, Wesleyan University