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A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Victoria Smolkin


When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools—from education to propaganda to terror—to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly on ideology and power, the Soviet Communist Party never succeeded in overcoming religion and creating an atheist society. This book presents the first history of Soviet atheism from the 1917 revolution to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The book argues that to understand the Soviet experim ... More

Keywords: religious life, Russian Revolution, Soviet Communist Party, Soviet atheism, religion, propaganda, sacred spaces, politics, public life, Mikhail Gorbachev

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174273
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174273.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Smolkin, author
Wesleyan University