Title

Friend and Foe: Religious Toleration in Northern Caucasia in the Age of Catherine the Great

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Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Historians trace the origins of a policy of religious toleration in the Russian empire to the reign of Catherine II (1762–96). In framing discussion of the policy, they have tended to emphasize the enlightenment, the power of ideas, and the role of the empress herself in bringing an end to state-sponsored religious persecution and in instituting a policy of religious toleration throughout the empire.

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