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.
'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