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Exiled Among Nations

German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age

John P. R. Eicher



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Cambridge University Press
02 January 2020
General & world history; History of the Americas; Nationalism; Religious & theocratic ideologies; Political control & freedoms
How do groups of people fashion shared identities in the modern world? Following two communities of German-speaking Mennonites, one composed of voluntary migrants and the other of refugees, across four continents between 1870 and 1945, this transnational study explores how religious migrants engaged with the phenomenon of nationalism. John P. R. Eicher demonstrates how migrant groups harnessed the global spread of nationalism to secure practical objectives and create local mythologies. In doing so, he also reveals how governments and aid organizations used diasporic groups for their own purposes - and portraying such nomads as enemies or heroes in national and religious mythologies. By underscoring the importance of local and religious counter-stories that run in parallel to nationalist narratives, Exiled Among Nations helps us understand acts of resistance, flight, and diaspora in the modern world.
By:   John P. R. Eicher
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   700g
ISBN:   9781108486118
ISBN 10:   1108486118
Series:   Publications of the German Historical Institute
Pages:   356
Publication Date:   02 January 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John P. R. Eicher is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University-Altoona, where his research focuses on Europe's global connections including colonialism, nationalism, migration and religion. His research has been supported by numerous organizations including the German Historical Institute, the Freie Universitat Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and his writing has won awards from the University of Iowa and the University of Winnipeg.

Reviews for Exiled Among Nations: German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age

'Eicher offers a masterful analysis of the collective narratives of two highly-mobile Mennonite groups, presenting a revisionist critique of their institutions and accepted categories of identity. His study of nationalist mythologies within and about migrating religious communities is particularly relevant in an era of increasing global mobility and growing nationalism.' Marlene Epp, University of Waterloo, Ontario 'This book is exquisitely written, ambitiously conceptualized and thoroughly researched. It successfully advances our understanding of the link between nationalism, migration and global diaspora, and the place of an ethno-religious minority, the Mennonites, in it.' Royden Loewen, University of Winnipeg 'Eicher provides fascinating insights into the mythologies of religious diaspora groups. Exiled among Nations is rich in detail and wide-ranging in its theoretical ramifications.' Stefan Manz, Aston University, Birmingham 'This is a meticulously researched book about an atypical group of migrants: German-speaking Mennonites. Between 1874 and 1945, these people migrated from Russia through Canada and Germany to Paraguay. Based on archives in five different countries, John P. R. Eicher develops an exciting story of diaspora in the age of imperialism.' Stefan Rinke, Free University of Berlin

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