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The Communications Network Of Halle Pietists In Russia

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This chapter shows how, in the course of the Halle Pietists' peaceful expansion into Russia, a specific communications network was formed and used as a significant tool. An important prerequisite for the realization of Hermann Francke's plans was the availability of potential or existing allies and supporters of the ideas of Pietism in Russia. Penetrating the Lutheran communities was far from easy and sometimes met with bitter resistance on the part of supporters of Lutheran orthodoxy; however, each success, however minor, brought new connections, created new followers and ensured a foothold for a new offensive. With Ludolf 's help, the Halle Orphanage printing shop obtained Russian typefaces in 1704, which enabled Pietists to start publishing in Russian; the most significant of these publications was a Russian edition of Vier Bücher vom wahren Christentum by Johann Arndt, one of the fundamental books on Pietism.

Keywords: communications network; Halle Pietists; Hermann Francke's plans; Lutheran communities; Russia; Vier Bücher vom wahren Christentum



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