By Harvey L. Dyck
In the lives of standard everyone is the truths of background. 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 bright photo of Mennonite neighborhood existence in Imperial Russia in the course of a interval of bothered swap. Epp’s writings show a talented and sincere diarist of deep emotions, and inform a human tale that no traditional ancient account may well 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 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. in keeping with archival study, interviews, travels, and consultations with different students, his distinct and perceptive advent and research hint Jacob Epp’s existence and current a caricature and interpretation of his higher relatives, neighborhood, and Imperial world.
With amazing readability the diaries and advent jointly re-create a time and lifestyle marked by means of controversy and flux. They mirror major elements of the adventure of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the improvement of the southern Ukrainian frontier. notably, 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 via Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village university student and later brother-in-law.
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