Archpriest John Strickland was born and educated in California. After discovering a love of Russian history and culture as an undergraduate at California State University, Fullerton, he went on to do research in St. Petersburg for two years. He obtained his MA in modern European history from the State University of New York , Stony Brook, and was awarded a Ph.D in Russian and European history from the University of California at Davis in 2001. Currently, (2013) he is Associate Professor of History at Saint Katherine College in Encinitas, CA and rector of St Raphael Mission in Canyon Lake, CA. Fr. John previously served as the rector for several parishes in the Orthodox Church in America on the West Coast. He and his wife Yelena, with their five children, live in Southern California.
This book is a critical study of the interaction between Russian Church and society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Whilst other studies exist that draw attention to the voices in the Church typified as “liberal” in the years leading up to the Revolution, this work introduces the reader to a wide range of “conservative” opinion that equally strove for spiritual renewal and the spread of the Gospel. More Information
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