Russian Orthodox Church & Its
Role in Cultural Production

By Greg Simons
November 2005
Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN: 9189652142
105 pages, 5 " x 8 "
$49.50 Paper Original


The Russian Orthodox church (ROC) is one of the centers of cultural production, which, in addition to religion include the armed forces, the education system and the mass media. These institutions help individuals form their identity and find their place in society by instilling deep rooted norms and values into them. After the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 and then consolidated their political position after victory in the bloody Civil War, the ROC became a target of the new authorities.

The overseas Orthodox community, which was at this stage subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchy, split and formed their own 'self-contained' and fragmented communities that were independent of Moscow's control. Attempts have been and still are being made to heal this rift between the overseas Orthodox community and the ROC. How these moves or gestures are reflected through the domestic and international media is the main questions of this research report.

Studies on Inter-Religious Relations, No. 17

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