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Stalin's Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 Hardcover – April 29, 2003


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"A penetrating book on the complex and profound role of religion, especially Russian Orthodoxy, in the policies of Stalin's government during World War II. . . . His examination sheds light on the origins of the Cold War and of the Soviet Union's implosion in 1991. He is also able to refute some revisionist scholars, who argue that Stalin was not really an ideologue, but a 'Red Tsar' or a practitioner of realpolitik."--Catholic Historical Review

"Steven Miner's book helps to explain why Soviet authorities never managed to stamp out religious belief among the peoples of the U.S.S.R. Focusing on the World War II experience, Miner documents a remarkable gap between decisions made at the top and policies implemented at lower levels, even under Stalin. The result is one of the most significant reassessments of Soviet history since the Cold War ended."--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Steven Miner's book helps to explain why Soviet authorities never managed to stamp out religious belief among the peoples of the U.S.S.R. Focusing on the World War II experience, Miner documents a remarkable gap between decisions made at the top and policies implemented at lower levels, even under Stalin. The result is one of the most significant reassessments of Soviet history since the Cold War ended.--John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University|A penetrating book on the complex and profound role of religion, especially Russian Orthodoxy, in the policies of Stalin's government during World War II. . . . His examination sheds light on the origins of the Cold War and of the Soviet Union's implosion in 1991. He is also able to refute some revisionist scholars, who argue that Stalin was not really an ideologue, but a 'Red Tsar' or a practitioner of realpolitik.--Catholic Historical Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807827363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807827369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gary N. Mccloud on April 16, 2007
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I have taken Dr. Miner's classes, there is no better authority on Russian or Soviet history. If you want to understand more about the Soviet union in World War two, I recomend this book. This man has done research within Stalin's personal library, one of few American's to do so.
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