By Harvey L. Dyck
In the lives of standard 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 bargains a remarkably shiny photograph of Mennonite group existence in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of bothered switch. Epp’s writings display a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional old account may well wish to equal.
The diaries overflow with the main points of his workaday international. kin, 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 test during which Mennonites have been “model farmers” in Jewish villages.
Harvey L. Dyck areas the diaries of their historic, ethnocultural, social, spiritual, financial, and political settings. according to archival learn, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his particular and perceptive advent and research hint Jacob Epp’s lifestyles and current a comic strip and interpretation of his better kin, group, and Imperial world.
With awesome readability the diaries and creation jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked by way of controversy and flux. They replicate major elements 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 booklet is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white pictures, and watercolour work via Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village institution 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