Marie-Hélène Blanchet (Paris), Frédéric Gabriel (Lyon) and Laurent Tatarenko (Paris), Autocephalies and political constructions in Eastern Slavic Churches (9th-21st c.)
Stefan Nemanja, Studenica monastery (fresco from 1568)
The history of autocephalous Churches – independently governed without any higher ecclesiastical authority, but also without renouncing interecclesial communion – is usually presented in terms of controversy and is constructed in the light of contemporary political claims. In this sense, it remains faithful to its privileged place of expression: the Balkan nationalisms constructed during the 19th century, which presented the local Churches of the new States as a mere successors of the medieval autocephalous Churches. In order to go beyond this account of the origins, with its semantic pitfalls, and to approach the subject in a critical way, this book takes up again the issue in the long-term perspective, which is the only one able to reveal the clear differences between ancient practices and recent theory. Within a coherent geography, that of the Slavic world from Russia to the Balkans, this volume historicises the contexts in which, from the 9th to the 21st century, the attempts to establish autocephaly take on meaning, initially intimately linked to Byzantine imperial decisions and to the geopolitical challenges of the moment. Along with the notions of schism and border, autocephalies are particularly revealing phenomena showing the dynamics of a community, that is becoming aware of itself and that wants to gain self-government.
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