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

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

by John P. R. Eicher


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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, revealing 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 interpret acts of resistance, flight, and diaspora in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108486118
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2020
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

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

won awards from the University of Iowa and the University of Winnipeg.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. No lasting city (1870–1930); 2. A sort of homecoming (1929–1931); 3. Troubled tribes in the promised land (1930–1939); 4. Mennonite (di)visions (1930–1939); 5. Peanuts for the Führer (1933–1939); 6. Centrifugal fantasies, centripetal realities (1939–1945); Conclusion.

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