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Exiled Among Nations

Exiled Among Nations
German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age

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  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108486118

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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.

    • Provides a truly transnational account of German and North/South American Mennonite relationships to twentieth-century nationalism
    • Illuminates how millions of overseas Germans selectively promoted and abandoned their identifications as agrarian, Christian, German, and 'white', to adapt to the homogenizing - though ever-shifting - demands of national citizenship
    • Explains how and why conservative Mennonites used transnational means for their own anti-national ends, and why they chose to live as premodern, agrarian, subjects rather than as modern, nationalized, citizens
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    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108486118
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • 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.

  • Author

    John P. R. Eicher, Pennsylvania State University
    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.

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