Russia’s Modernization: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church

4 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011

Date Written: November 4, 2011


These theses form part of a book length project on the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the modernization of Russia. In it I will seek to explain why the rise of traditional religious institutions in Russia is occurring at the same time that the government and society are embarked upon a massive program of modernization. Social science theory suggests that modernization ought to be accompanied by a decline in both religious sentiment and the influence of religious institutions. Exactly the opposite has happened in Russia since the collapse of USSR, and we need to understand why.

Keywords: Russian Orthodox Church, Modernization

Suggested Citation

Petro, Nicolai N., Russia’s Modernization: The Role of the Russian Orthodox Church (November 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Nicolai N. Petro (Contact Author)

University of Rhode Island ( email )

Political Science Department
Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
United States


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