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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2015 year, number 1

ON RELATIONSHIPS OF FEDOSEEVTSY AND FILIPPOVTSY IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE XIX CENTURY

I.N. Nikanorov
Institute of History, SB RAS, 630090, Novosibirsk, Nikolaeva str., 8
nikanorov1203@ya.ru
Keywords: Old Believers, Agreement, controversy, Fedoseevtsy, Filippovtsy, manuscript collections, Orthodox tradition

Abstract

The article is devoted to mutual relationships of the two priestless Old-Believers’ Agreements - Fedoseevtsy and Filippovtsy - in the first half of the XIX century. The author analyzes materials from the Russian National Library manuscript collection previously unused by scholars that allowed him to reveal the most topical issues of the controversy that prevented reunion of the two Old-Believers’ Agreements considering themselves as successors of the early Vyg tradition. The author draws attention to the collection structure and composition, concluding that it is an example of novation polemical literature, which attempted to present the relations between the two religious agreements in the form of equitable dialogue. The article details the main points of polemics between the two agreements. Some of them had retained their relevance since the early XVIII century, others appeared later being caused by changes in the social-economic realities due to modernization and urbanization of the Russian Empire.