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Northern Eurasia/Circumpolar Region
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Age of the ‘Socialist Mission’

1. At the beginning of the 1930s, the Soviet Union pressed to Northern Eurasia, and propagated the start of a new age. The ‘Socialist mission’ would lead the population of the far North out of its social and religious ‘retardation’ alike. Here the Communist worldview encountered the most varied religious traditions, and problems …

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Holzlehner, Tobias, “Northern Eurasia/Circumpolar Region”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 16 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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