By Harvey L. Dyck
In the lives of standard individuals are 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 neighborhood lifestyles in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of stricken switch. Epp’s writings display a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional ancient account may perhaps desire to equal.
The diaries overflow with the main points of his workaday global. kinfolk, village, church, and group workouts are damaged by way of journeys to marketplace, 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, monetary, and political settings. in line with archival learn, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his specific and perceptive creation and research hint Jacob Epp’s lifestyles and current a caricature and interpretation of his better kin, neighborhood, and Imperial world.
With impressive readability the diaries and advent jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked by means of controversy and flux. They mirror major aspects of the event of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the advance of the southern Ukrainian frontier. specially, they fill major lacking pages of the nice community-centred tale of Russian Mennonite life.
This e-book is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white photos, and watercolour work through Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village college student and later brother-in-law.
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