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The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy Paperback – February, 2004
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The author begins by shedding light on the beginnings of the Russian state, constantly besieged by Mongol invaders. The Russian state was originally headed by Riurik, a "legendary" Varangian ruler, who made his capital in Novgorod. The Russian state enjoyed free trade with Byzantium but was made to pay tribute to the quasi-Jewish Khazar empire. Later the capital was moved to Kiev and eventually to Moscow, the "third Rome" enjoying the appeal as the head of the Orthodox state and the Christian center of Russia. The author contrasts early Russian paganism, which may have been an important precursor to Christ, with Orthodox Christianity which subsequently came to overtake it.Read more ›
The propaganda job that has been done on the truth of Holy Russia is one of the great disgraces of modern history. Matthew Raphael Johnson is to be tremendously commended for finally and effectively inveighing against this untruth. It is truth such as this that will set us free.
I had occasion this week to reread this very important and excellent book. In the time between readings, I have tried to educate myself relative to European history, philosophy, and economics. With this in mind, it is truly a wonder to rediscover in Dr. Johnson's monumental account of Holy Russia the legacy of a state founded on the very sound ideas of the Christian Faith. It is without question that the existence of this Christian polity was an embarrassment to the liberal masonic oligarchs who sought to rule the world in 1917 and still seek the same goal today. Yet, as Dr. Johnson illustrates, the spirit of Holy Russia lives. Praise God.
Reading widely, I would make the following bold claim relative to this excellent book. I believe it is the most important and insightful book thus far written in the new century. Read it carefully. And be renewed with hope in Christ in the process!
If you are Orthodox or not this book will help you understand why Holy Russia was such a threat to the West and why the West wanted it to be destroyed. Although Johnson feels passionately about this topic, his choice of words could hamper some readers. I think they were honest but I will concede there could have been less name calling.
Having said that, I highly recommend this book to everyone. You will see the motivational differences between East and West in an Honest and sound context.
As to the thesis, i thought it was relatively simple: Russia saw itself as the continuation of the Rome idea (at that was clearly documented in the 1400s). Whether she was correct to see herself thusly is completely beside the point. Johnson's main point, and I suspect this gets him in trouble with SCOBA, is that after Peter the Occultist, Russia split in two: the concept of Holy Russia was largely negated by Peter (and found continuation only in some monasteries and the Old Rite) and the concept of Modern Western Russia.
Ironically, ever since Johnson's book came out, mainstream SCOBA historians have said the exact same thing...well, paralleling Johnson's thesis anyway. See Dmitri Pospielovsky's *The History of the Orthodox Church in Russia.*
Unfortunately, he could have better documented the Masonic connections with the conspiracies. I think he is correct but needs documentation. That is my one flaw in the book.
Fr Johnson does a good job in documenting the Jewish and capitalist connections to the October Revolution. The Schiff and Rockefeller family needed a weak and de-Christianized Russia in order for the Anglo establishment to dominate Europe. Secondly, these capitalists did not actually want everyone to benefit from the free-market. Oligarchs never do.Read more ›
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Perhaps the most brutally honest history book I've ever read. I will be reading more work from this author.Published 17 months ago by Tony Altermatt
In Matthew Raphael Johnson’s keen The Third Rome, I got Russian history for the first time.
Until I cracked his book on Holy Russia, my knowledge of the Czars was... Read more
An excellent and well-researched book that takes a very different position on the various leaders, events, and institutions of Russian history from anything else you are likely to... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Anonymous89
From the beginning, the author blasts Western Europe and the Americas and tries to set a tone of an all Holy Russia during the last 1,000 years - although, the author never really... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Andrew
I'm hoping for a positive approach to Russian history that was sympathetic to the ideal of Orthodox autocracy and didn't exaggerate the faults or ignore the benefits, both material... Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Jonathan Gress-wright