Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780226316109 Published December 1993
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226316116 Published December 1993

Russian Refuge

Religion, Migration, and Settlement on the North American Pacific Rim

Susan Wiley Hardwick

Russian Refuge
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Susan Wiley Hardwick

252 pages | 12 halftones, 26 maps, 9 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1993
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9780226316109 Published December 1993
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226316116 Published December 1993
In 1987, when victims of religious persecution were finally allowed to leave Russia, a flood of immigrants landed on the Pacific shores of North America. By the end of 1992 over 200,000 Jews and Christians had left their homeland to resettle in a land where they had only recently been considered "the enemy."

Russian Refuge is a comprehensive account of the Russian immigrant experience in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia since the first settlements over two hundred years ago. Susan Hardwick focuses on six little-studied Christian groups—Baptists, Pentecostals, Molokans, Doukhobors, Old Believers, and Orthodox believers—to study the role of religion in their decisions to emigrate and in their adjustment to American culture.

Hardwick deftly combines ethnography and cultural geography, presenting narratives and other data collected in over 260 personal interviews with recent immigrants and their family members still in Russia. The result is an illuminating blend of geographic analysis with vivid portrayals of the individual experience of persecution, migration, and adjustment.

Russian Refuge will interest cultural geographers, historians, demographers, immigration specialists, and anyone concerned with this virtually untold chapter in the story of North American ethnic diversity.
Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
1. Introduction
2. Origins
3. Early North American Imprints
4. Changes and Challenges: Russian Migration and Settlement from 1867 to 1987
5. God and Glasnost
6. Great Expectations: Adapting to a New Life
7. Conclusions
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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