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 photo of Mennonite group lifestyles in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of bothered switch. Epp’s writings show a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional old account might wish to equal.
The diaries overflow with the main points of his workaday global. relatives, village, church, and group exercises are damaged through 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 within which Mennonites have been “model farmers” in Jewish villages.
Harvey L. Dyck areas the diaries of their old, ethnocultural, social, non secular, monetary, and political settings. according to archival study, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his distinctive and perceptive creation and research hint Jacob Epp’s existence and current a comic strip and interpretation of his greater relations, neighborhood, and Imperial world.
With outstanding readability the diaries and advent jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked through controversy and flux. They replicate major features of the adventure of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the improvement of the southern Ukrainian frontier. especially, they fill major lacking pages of the nice community-centred tale of Russian Mennonite life.
This publication is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white images, and watercolour work by means of Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village university scholar and later brother-in-law.
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