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Russia's Path Toward EnlightenmentFaith, Politics, and Reason, 1500-1801$
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G. M. Hamburg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300113136

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300113136.001.0001

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Searching for Enlightenment

Searching for Enlightenment

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Russia's Path Toward Enlightenment

G. M. Hamburg

Yale University Press

This chapter provides an overview of how the book examines ideas of faith, politics, and reason in Muscovite Russia across three centuries, from the victory of Muscovite Grand Duke Ivan III over his political rivals in the late fifteenth century to the peak of enlightened absolutism late in the eighteenth century. It explores Russian religious, political, and social thought during the period by focusing on a disparate cast of thinkers, from Churchmen and laymen to theologians and heretics, government officials and their critics, statists and brigands. It also considers how Orthodox Christianity became the dominant strain in Russian religious and political life and thus in Russian culture, the relationship between virtue and politics in the turbulent era of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great’s contributions to Russian thought, and the genesis of enlightened conservatism late in the eighteenth century. This chapter discusses the book’s inspirations and methods of inquiry and provides working definitions for some important terms such as faith, reason, secularism, politics, and Enlightenment.

Keywords:   faith, politics, reason, Muscovite Russia, Orthodox Christianity, Russian culture, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, secularism, Enlightenment

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