Asketizm, kak osnova russkoi kul’tury [Asceticism as the foundation of Russian culture].

Moscow: self-published (Pechatnaia A. Snegirevoi), 1915. Octavo (23.5 × 16 cm). Original printed staple-stitched wrappers; 32 pp. Publisher’s catalog to rear wrapper. Wrappers lightly discolored; mark from removed ownership sticker to front wrapper. Still very good. Item #5800

Published at the height of WWI, this theological and nationalist pamphlet makes arguments about the “inherent cruelty of the German soldiers” as opposed to their Russian counterparts. The author claims that the asceticism of the Russian culture, and its absence from the German culture, accounts for the difference. The text of the pamphlet is based on a speech Archimandrit Tichon (1875-1945) gave at the annual meeting of the Kiev Religious-educational society in 1915 while serving as an Archemandrite (superior Abbot) at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. Archimandrit Tichon was also a member of the Kiev Society of Russian Nationalists from 1914-1917, and this work reflects his nationalist leanings as grounded in his religious thought. After the Revolution and the subsequent religious persecutions, he left Russia in 1919 and served in a variety of clerical posts in Orthodox churches in Sofia, Berlin, and Prague.

KVK, OCLC locate only one copy of this work, in Amsterdam.

Price: €150.00