New book on Low German Mennonite Migration

January 17, 2014

Royden Loewen, Chair of Mennonite Studies has written a new book, Village Among Nations, which was launched in Winnipeg on December 19, 2013.Loewen spoke to a gathering at MCC’s Sam’s Place used bookstore and was also the featured author at an event celebrating books written by Manitoba Mennonite authors on January 16, 2014.Village Among Nations uses diaries, memoirs and letters written to the Steinbach Post and then later the Mennonitishe Post  to show how Low German Mennonites superimposed a village on top of at least seven nation states and created and maintained this virtual village through a combination of family networks, the medium of the Post, and improved mobility brought about largely by improved cars and highways. The book also helps readers understand how Low German Mennonite peoples constructed their religious worlds, how they viewed Canada, modernity, and how they reinforced, embraced, and rejected the boundaries they created for themselves. The book is available at bookstores and online from Amazon and Chapters. 

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