Doubt, atheism, and the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia
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|Imprint:||Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press, c2011.|
|Online Access:||Available in ProQuest Ebook Central - Academic Complete.|
The autocratic rule of both tsar and church in imperial Russia gave rise not only to a revolutionary movement in the nineteenth century but also to a crisis of meaning among members of the intelligentsia. Personal faith became the subject of intense scrutiny as individuals debated the existence of God and the immortality of the soul, debates reflected in the best-known novels of the day. Friendships were formed and broken in exchanges over the status of the eternal. The salvation of the entire country, not just of each individual, seemed to depend on the answers to questions about belief.
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Victoria Frede is assistant professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley.