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Soviet Union
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1. Background

The 74-year Soviet period was a significant interlude in the vast sweep of Russian history. Its origins lay in the deepening unrest during the reign of the last czar, Nicholas II (1894–1917), and the crisis of World War I. A variety of political movements existed, some of which operated underground and were supported by exiles. They ranged from moderate cons…

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Pierard, Richard V., “Soviet Union”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.55>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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