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The Public Image of Eastern OrthodoxyFrance and Russia, 1848-1870$
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Heather L. Bailey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749513

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749513.001.0001

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The Public Image of Eastern Orthodoxy

Heather L. Bailey

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the significance of the Russian Orthodox's publicity campaign in Paris. It explains how the Orthodox publicists found sympathy in some quarters and successfully initiated a reappraisal of Russian church–state relations in the West. It also discusses the sense of historical destiny that spurred further efforts to enhance Orthodoxy's global visibility and prestige. The chapter illustrates imperial Russia and its church that were seen as threats to European civilization from the standpoint of liberalism and Roman Catholicism. It mentions the joint agreement signed by Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in February 2016 that suggests an alignment of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches on many issues.

Keywords:   Russian Orthodox, publicity campaign, imperial Russia, European civilization, liberalism, Roman Catholicism, Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis, church–state relations

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