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Writing Russian History

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Georgii Petrovich Fedotov (1886–1951) began studying history in exile. In 1906, he was expelled from Russia for a two-year period as a result of his social-democratic activities. This chapter discusses an analysis of Saints of Ancient Russia, where Fedotov provides Russian cultural history with precisely such a tragic plot, which evolves from a new interpretation of Christianity—a human response to Grace—by the first Russian saints.Saints of Ancient Russia portrays a selection of the most famous Russian saints from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries and creates a narrative out of their lives, i.e. it describes the development of Russian sainthood as exemplified by these saints.Saints of Ancient Russia describes forms of Russian holiness from the Kievan Boris and Gleb and Feodosii of the Caves Monastery to the Muscovite Nil of Sora and Iosif of Volotsk.

Keywords:Georgii Petrovich Fedotov; Russian culture; Russian history; Russian holiness; Russian saints



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