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The Public Image of Eastern Orthodoxy: France and Russia, 1848-1870

Heather L. Bailey


Focusing on the period between the revolutions of 1848 to 1849 and the First Vatican Council (1869–1870), this book explores the circumstances under which westerners, concerned about the fate of the papacy, the Ottoman Empire, Poland, and Russian imperial power, began to conflate the Russian Orthodox Church with the state and to portray the Church as the political tool of despotic tsars. As the book demonstrates, in response to this reductionist view, Russian Orthodox publicists launched a public relations campaign in the West, especially in France, in the 1850s and 1860s. The linchpin of thei ... More

Keywords: First Vatican Council, revolutions, papacy, Ottoman Empire, Poland, Russian imperial power, Russian Orthodox Church, Saint Alexander Nevsky Church, Russian religious nationalism, Eastern Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749513
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather L. Bailey, author
University of Illinois Springfield