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Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65

Author: L.N. Leustean
Isbn: 9780230218017
Pages: 288
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillian
Publication Place: n\a
Published/Year: 2009
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This book examines the unique dynamics between Orthodoxy and politics in Romania. It provides an accessible narrative on church-state relations in the early Cold War period within a wider timeframe, from the establishment of the state in 1859 to the rise of Nicolae Ceau?escu in 1965. In the 1950s Romania began to distance itself from Moscow's influence, developing its own form of communism. Based on new archival resources, the book argues that Romanian national communism, outside Moscow's influence, had an ally in a strong Church. It addresses the following questions: How did the Church, which openly opposed communism in the interwar period, survive the atheist regime? How did the regime use religion to its political advantage? What was the Church's influence on Romanian politics? The book analyses the political interests of the Romanian Orthodox Church and its religious diplomacy with actors in the West, in particular with the Church of England.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; List of Illustrations. Abbreviations. Introduction. Orthodoxy, Symphonia and Political Power in East European Communism

The Political Control of Orthodoxy and Romanian Nationalism, 1859-1944Orthodoxy and the Installation of Communism, 1944-7 . The Light Rises from the East': Orthodoxy, Propaganda and Communist Terror, 1947-52 . Orthodoxy and the Romanian Road to Communism, 1953-5. Religious Diplomacy and Socialism, 1956-9 . Between Moscow and London. Romanian Orthodoxy and National Communism, 1960-5  Conclusion. Annexes. Notes. Bibliography

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