Mennonites, Politics, and Peoplehood: Europe - Russia - Canada, 1525-1980

Book, 2006, 400 pp
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Mennonites and their forebears are usually thought to be a people with little interest or involvement in politics. This book reveals that since their early history, Mennonites have, in fact, been active participants in worldly politics. Urry's meticulous research spans western to Eastern Europe, and several different migrations to North America, to trace Mennonite links with kingdoms, empires, republics, and democratic nations in the context of peace, war and revolution. He stresses a degree on Mennonite involvement in political affairs not previously discussed in literature, including Mennonite participation in constitutional reform and party politics, and shows the polarization of their political views from conservative to liberalism and even revolutionary activities.

Urry looks at the Mennonite reaction to politics and political events from the Reformation onwards and focuses particularly on those people who settled in Russia and their descendants who came to Manitoba. Using a wide variety of sources, he takes an interdisciplinary approach to reveal the Mennonites, far from being the "Quiet in the Land," have deep roots in political life.

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