By Benjamin W. Goossen
During the 19th and 20th centuries, the worldwide Mennonite church built an uneasy dating with Germany. regardless of the religion's origins within the Swiss and Dutch Reformation, in addition to its longstanding pacifism, tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals embraced militarist German nationalism. Chosen Nation is a sweeping background of this come upon and the debates it sparked between parliaments, dictatorships, and congregations throughout Eurasia and the Americas.
Offering a multifaceted point of view on nationalism's emergence in Europe and world wide, Benjamin Goossen demonstrates how Mennonites' nationalization mirrored and reshaped their religion convictions. whereas a few church leaders transformed German id alongside Mennonite traces, others appropriated nationalism wholesale, advocating a in particular Mennonite model of nationhood. studying resources from Poland to Paraguay, Goossen indicates how patriotic loyalties rose and fell with spiritual association. participants may possibly declare to be German at one second yet Mennonite the following. a few exterior events inspired separatism, as while the Weimar Republic helped identify an self sustaining "Mennonite kingdom" in Latin the USA. nonetheless others taken care of Mennonites as quintessentially German; less than Hitler's 3rd Reich, whole colonies benefited from racial struggle and genocide in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. no matter if opting for Germany as a countrywide native land or settling on as a selected humans, referred to as and elected through God, Mennonites devoted to collective motion in ways in which have been complex, fluid, and continually surprising.
The first publication to put Christianity and diaspora on the middle of nationality stories, Chosen Nation illuminates the emerging spiritual nationalism of our personal age.
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