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Quest For The Past

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Valaam's activity in the field of historiography seems to have been considerable also when compared to other monasteries. The leaders and monks of Valaam were actively participating in the process of sketching the imagery of Valaam's history. The re-established Valaam seems to have existed in some in-between state in the Russian monastic culture. The growing awareness of the significance of the past in Valaam was inseparably connected to the emergence of scholarly historiography during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The historiographic efforts of Valaam launched at the end of the eighteenth century continued to accelerate during the first decades of the nineteenth century hand in hand with the consolidation of the monastery's status and overall image.

Keywords: Russian monastic culture; Valaam



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