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Introduction

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This book discusses the history of Soviet atheism from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 until the return of religion to public life in the final years of the Soviet Union. When the Bolsheviks seized ... More


An Ordinary Soviet Death: Scientific Atheism, Socialist Rituals, and Life’s Final Question

Victoria Smolkin

in Formations of Belief: Historical Approaches to Religion and the Secular

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691190754
eISBN:
9780691194165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691190754.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter describes the timing and motivations of the USSR's promotion of atheist doctrine. At the outset, it seems, the Soviets expected Orthodoxy to wither away, invalidated by rational argument ... More


What Happened to Soviet Atheism?

Mathijs Pelkmans

in Fragile Conviction: Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705137
eISBN:
9781501708381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705137.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines how people position themselves in relation to atheism in order to determine what happened to Soviet scientific atheism more generally. It explores how atheism, which had ... More


The Ticket to the Soviet Soul: Soviet Atheism as Worldview

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0005
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines how the Soviet Communist Party tried to boost the political legitimacy of its ideological project to build Communism and produce an atheist society by addressing the people's ... More


“We Have to Figure Out Where We Lost People”: Soviet Atheism as Social Science

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0006
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines how the atheist apparatus mobilized the social sciences in order to map patterns of Soviet secularization and understand religious modernization. It first considers the revival ... More


Utopia’s Orphan: Soviet Atheism and the Death of the Communist Project

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0009
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This conclusion examines the demise of the Communist project, along with its vision to create an atheist society. Over the course of its history, Soviet atheism developed through direct engagement ... More


A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Victoria Smolkin

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools—from education to propaganda to ... More


Cosmic Enlightenment: Soviet Atheism as Science

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines how science, and more specifically the real and symbolic force of Soviet space programs, was harnessed as a weapon in Soviet atheist work. In the 1960s, as cosmonauts and ... More


The Communist Party between State and Church: Soviet Atheism and Socialist Rituals

Victoria Smolkin

in A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691174273
eISBN:
9781400890101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.003.0007
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines how socialist rituals became the Soviet state's main ideological weapon in the battle against religion. It first considers the Bolsheviks' secularization of Soviet life after ... More


Conclusion: Pulsation and the Dynamics of Conviction

Mathijs Pelkmans

in Fragile Conviction: Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501705137
eISBN:
9781501708381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501705137.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book has studied the relationship between sociopolitical instability and conviction by focusing on how secular and religious collective ideas fared in conditions of existential uncertainty in ... More


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