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Hierschau: An Example of Russian Mennonite Life 1 edition

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This book, written with the general reader in mind, provides an interesting and valuable microscopic view of a small nineteenth-century Mennonite village that becomes representative of all the Mennonite colonies and life on the South Russian steppes. Through the many details and individual personalities in one village, the reader gains significant insights into the larger Russian Mennonite world.

The story of Hiershau is unique in another way. The village, as its name implies ("Look here!"), was to be a model, an example of Mennonite agricultural thrift and progress. Planned by the enlightened and progressive Johann Cornies in the first half of the nineteenth century, the village was established to exhibit what the purpose of Mennonite existence in Russia was to be. According to the intentions of the Czarist government, the Mennonites were to be model farmers and examples in other ways for their non-Mennonite neighbours.

Without condemning or judging, Huebert is not afraid to be critical where Mennonites failed to live up to their profession of brotherhood and love. Understanding the historical processes within nineteenth and twentieth century Russia, Huebert describes as objectively as possible the many events, accounts for the reasons behind them, and then shows the effects of these events on the people of Hierschau and elsewhere.

-- Harry Loewen (from the Foreword)

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An Example of Russian Mennonite Life

Published 1986 by Springfield Publishers in Winnipeg, Canada .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface ix
List of Tables xvii
List of Maps and Diagrams xviii
List of Illustrations xix
Hierschau: A Chronology xxi
Map: North Eastern Molotschna xxiii
Book 1. The Beginning 1
1. From Limmat to the Dniepr 3
2. The Molotschna 17
3. Hierschau: An Example is Born 37
Tobias Sperling 54
4. The Mid-Century Commonwealth 57
5. Moving Out 83
Johann J. Regier 97
Peter Regier 101
Jacob L. Loewen 104
Book 2. The Golden Age 107
6. The People 109
Gertrude Willms 122
7. The Wirtschaft 129
8. Religious Life 149
Gerhard Plett 156
9. Transportation and Communication 163
Heinrich J. Thiessen 178
10. The School 183
Isaac F. Peters 194
Johann A. Goerz 199
11. Hiierschau and the World 205
Jakob G. Duerksen 218
Book 3. Disaster in Utopia 223
Russian and World War I : Chronology of Events 224
12. War and Revolution 229
Hierschau: Chronology of Events 242
13. Catastrophe 247
Heinrich Braun 259
14. The Famine 267
15. Till We Meet Again 281
16. All Things Common 301
Book 4. The Final Diaspora 311
17. Blitzkrieg 313
The Great Trek: Chronology of Events 327
18. The Great Trek 329
19. Afterwards 337
Commonly Used Sources 347
End Notes 349
Weights and Measures 375
Dates and Calendars 377
Temperatures 379
Colony 380
Russo-Turkish Wars 381
Czars of Russia 382
Glossary 383
Index 389
Map: Molotschna Colony in 1865 405

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xix, 405p.
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9.0 x 5.8 x 0.75 inches

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