Steven E. Harris,
Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), 416 pp., $60.00 (hb), isbn 9781421405667.
Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, eds.,
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lead disciplines for the subject of transformation in the context of religion and society are the social sciences (sociology, political science and religious studies) and theology.
The social sciences study transformations of societies but also of churches and religions. 10 They are among the few
What was society in Imperial Russia? For Russians in the middle of the nineteenth century, answering the question was particularly important, as earlier understandings of society ( obshchestvo ) as the noble estate or other estates were shifting to newer ideas of society as a group of educated
Muscovite society during the reign of Ivan the Terrible (Ivan Groznyi , Ivan iv , Ivan Vasil’evich, 1533–1584), as in all early modern European countries, was hierarchical.
Each social class stood in a position of superiority or inferiority toward every other social class. The royal
In some of his works, the contemporary Greek philosopher Christos Yannaras (1935) offers an inspiring and noteworthy vision of state, society and politics based on the political culture of the ancient Greek polis. This conception represents a theory which originates both from
“The Process of Reform during the Era of Perestroika and the Social Consciousness of Russian Society, from ‘Letters to the Authority’ Materials,” by Anna Dmitrievna Popova (Ryazan State University named for S. A. Yesenin): This article analyzes the transformation of Soviet public consciousness during the era of perestroika (restructuring). The authors examined letters which were sent by Soviet citizens to then President of the Russian Soviet Republic and future Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin. In these letters, citizens stated their opinions about the transformation of the Soviet political and economic system during this period. The authors’ analysis of these letters reveals that the mentality of the Soviet populace was strongly influenced by its assessment of perestroika. In this public consciousness, citizens placed a large emphasis on the traditional Soviet values of equality, justice, and labor, which defined public opinions about the transformation of Soviet society during perestroika. Soviet citizens demanded that the state deal with the problem of wide-ranging privileges afforded to officials of the Communist Party, while citizens negatively estimated the freedoms in spiritual life accorded to them by the state.
ALFRED J. RIEBER (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.) THE SEDIMENTARY SOCIETY* The great historian V. O. Kliuchevskii found the key to Russian so- ciety in the relative simplicity of its social forms in comparison with Western Europe. But in writing his magisterial Course in Russian History he revealed a
Towards an “uncivil” society? Informality and civil society in
Tatia Chikhladzea and Huseyn Aliyevb
aResearch Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany; bCentral and Eastern
European Studies, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Since the early 1990s
that have become known as Putinism. We are interested in exploring the gaps in our understanding of how this new system works, social response to systemic change, and the evolving nature of state-society relations. While these studies are not exhaustive, they provide some guidance on important new
100 of them around the vicinity and then erected a fence around the entire site. 24 The move incensed many sectors of the population, including the church leaders from all denominations, much of society, and the elderly.
The action has a lengthy history that cannot be recounted in full here. 25