By Harvey L. Dyck
In the lives of normal everyone is the truths of historical past. Such truths abound within the diaries of Jacob Epp, a Russian Mennonite school-teacher, lay minister, farmer, and village secretary in southern Ukraine. This abridged translation of his diaries bargains a remarkably brilliant photograph of Mennonite neighborhood lifestyles in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of switch. Epp’s writings display a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional historic account may desire to equal.
The diaries overflow with the main points of his workaday global. relations, village, church, and neighborhood workouts are damaged via journeys to industry, visits to different Mennonite settlements, and a memorable steamer voyage to boomtown Odessa at the Black Sea. He chronicles his long-time involvement in an strange Imperial scan during which Mennonites have been “model farmers” in Jewish villages.
Harvey L. Dyck areas the diaries of their historic, ethnocultural, social, non secular, financial, and political settings. in line with archival learn, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his certain and perceptive creation and research hint Jacob Epp’s lifestyles and current a comic strip and interpretation of his better relatives, group, and Imperial world.
With awesome readability the diaries and advent jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked by way of controversy and flux. They mirror major aspects of the adventure of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the improvement of the southern Ukrainian frontier. exceptionally, they fill major lacking pages of the good community-centred tale of Russian Mennonite life.
This booklet is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white pictures, and watercolour work by means of Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village university student and later brother-in-law.
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A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880 (Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies) by Harvey L. Dyck