By Benjamin W. Goossen
During the 19th and 20th centuries, the worldwide Mennonite church constructed an uneasy courting 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 stumble 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 changed German id alongside Mennonite strains, others appropriated nationalism wholesale, advocating a particularly Mennonite model of nationhood. analyzing assets from Poland to Paraguay, Goossen indicates how patriotic loyalties rose and fell with spiritual association. contributors could declare to be German at one second yet Mennonite the following. a few exterior events inspired separatism, as whilst the Weimar Republic helped determine an self sufficient "Mennonite country" in Latin the United States. nonetheless others handled 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 determining Germany as a countrywide fatherland or determining 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 continuously surprising.
The first booklet to put Christianity and diaspora on the center of nationality experiences, Chosen Nation illuminates the emerging non secular nationalism of our personal age.
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Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era by Benjamin W. Goossen