Tag: Religion

Opium of the People

The Soviet Union under the Bolsheviks in 1922 was the first state with the goal of being ideologically atheist, eliminating their existing religion (Russian Orthodoxy) and other religions practiced throughout the Soviet Union, as well as efforts to diminish future religious activity. Throughout the 1920s, religions were targeted based on State interests, and while not … Continue reading Opium of the People

Where is your God now?

What role did nationality and religion play in the formation of the Soviet State? The concept of religion in the Soviet Union is interesting, primarily because it wasn’t just the idea of a God that the Bolsheviks disagreed with, but also the concept of any power or authority above themselves. The challenge for them was … Continue reading Where is your God now?

The Life and TIMEs of Patriarch Tikhon

So shocking was the imprisonment and conviction of Patriarch Tikhon, that it made this edition of TIME magazine in 1923. Patriarch Tikhon, who was “unfrocked” of his title to simply that of Comrade André Bélavin, was, according to the article, “judged without a hearing” and convicted of counterrevolutionary acts. The article mentioned further that the … Continue reading The Life and TIMEs of Patriarch Tikhon

Prokudin-Gorskii Photograph

Image from:  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/prokc.21114/ Factual information about photo from: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/architecture.html When looking at the photographs taken by Prokudin-Gorskii, I wanted to really focus on the images that had a significant historical background to go with them. I felt as though the pictures with more background would really provide a better insight to the social and economic changes …

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