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The Catholic Church and Russia: Popes, Patriarchs, Tsars and Commissars Hardcover – June, 2004

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"This is the most important study ever written on Catholic–Russian relations." -- John McCarthy, Bishop Emeritus of Austin, Texas.

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Dennis J. Dunn is Professor of History and Director of International Studies at Texas State University, USA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Ltd (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754636100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754636106
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Angelo Johnson on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a hefty portion of Russian history, politics, religion, and diplomacy in its crisp 221 pages. Professor Dunn deliberately and stylistically uses each sentence to inform, provoke, and maintain a book length that is manageable for most readers. In a scope that spans from around the year 988 until shortly before the death of Pope John Paul II, Dunn gives the reader a well-researched view of the Russian government's treatment (and maltreatment) of the Catholic Church within the country's ever-changing borders under the rule of tsarists, Communists, and reformers.

Dunn demonstrates that religion affects the workings of governments, even those that profess to be atheistic. Throughout Russia's history its leaders attempted to take what they viewed as good from the Catholic Church and leave that which did not fit their intensions to the rest of the world. They also engaged, and continue to engage, in a debilitating game of pitting the Russian Orthodox Church against the Catholic Church. Their flawed strategies allowed other European countries to outpace Russia in areas of education, liberty and religious freedom. Russia continues to play catch up. The book's concluding chapter left me with the protruding question: what would Russia be like today had its relationship with the Catholic Church been different?
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