The Outsiders' Gaze: Life And Labour on the Mennonite West Reserve 1874-1922

Book, 2015, 198 pp
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Outsiders’ Gaze is a perspective of Mennonites through the eyes of outsiders from 1874-1922 when about 7,000 Mennonites emigrated from southern Russia and settled in the new province of Manitoba. The collection of papers focuses on the west side of the Red River, known as the West Reserve.

Jake Peters studied Canadian history at the University of Manitoba. Among his earlier publications are several monographs, one on Mennonite private schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and another on a history of Mennonite inheritance custom, the Waisenamt.

Eleanor Chornoboy worked in the public sector to support persons with disabilities and their families. She is widely known for her “Faspa” books, recalling Mennonite family and community life in rural southern Manitoba villages.

Adolf Ens taught in the areas of history and theology at Canadian Mennonite University. His Subjects or Citizens is an account of Mennonite relations with the various levels of government in western Canada, beginning with negotiations of a mass migration in the newly created province of Manitoba.

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