By Harvey L. Dyck
In the lives of normal individuals are the truths of heritage. 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 deals a remarkably vibrant photo of Mennonite neighborhood lifestyles in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of bothered swap. Epp’s writings demonstrate a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional old account may perhaps wish to equal.
The diaries overflow with the main points of his workaday international. family members, village, church, and neighborhood workouts are damaged by means of 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 within which Mennonites have been “model farmers” in Jewish villages.
Harvey L. Dyck areas the diaries of their old, ethnocultural, social, non secular, fiscal, and political settings. in keeping with archival study, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his particular and perceptive advent and research hint Jacob Epp’s existence and current a cartoon and interpretation of his higher relations, neighborhood, and Imperial world.
With outstanding readability the diaries and creation jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked through controversy and flux. They mirror major features of the event of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the advance of the southern Ukrainian frontier. mainly, they fill major lacking pages of the good community-centred tale of Russian Mennonite life.
This e-book is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white pictures, and watercolour work through Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village tuition scholar 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