Russian Monastic Culture. "Josephism" and the Iosifo- Volokolamsk Monastery 1479-1607

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Dykstra T.E.

Russian Monastic Culture. "Josephism" and the Iosifo- Volokolamsk Monastery 1479-1607

Verlag Otto Sagner München 2006

Series: Slavistische Beiträge, Vol. 450


The publication of these two volumes has placed the study of Muscovite monasticism on a new plane. In the early 1900s, the superbly trained church historian Nikolai Konstantinovich Nikol´skii (1863-1936) turned almost exclusively to the study of Rus´ literature and became a seminal Soviet academic figure in this field. But before he did so, he published monograph-length chapters on Kirillov's physical structures (chapter 2) and economy (chapter 1), and, in three journal installments, four-fifths of chapter 4 on the Beloozero cloister's communal and cell life, as well as some specific and general materials which might have served as the base for an eventual chapter 6 on its bookcraft (knizhnost´).1 Now in one volume a team of scholars led by Z. V. Dmitrieva has issued chapter 3 on administration, an enlarged chapter 4, chapter 5 on church services, and several useful appendices, all as found in manuscript form in the Library of the Academy of Sciences. Tom Dykstra, for his part, has produced the most intensive study to date of the social structure of a major Muscovite cloister.

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