Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume I: 1812-1835 (Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies)
Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume I: 1812-1835 (Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies)
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Title: Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume I: 1812-1835 (Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies)
ISBN10: 1442645067
ISBN13: 978-1442645066
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Pages: 632 pages
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1 edition (December 4, 2015)
Language: English
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Size epub: 1644 kb
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Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Russian empire opened the grasslands of southern Ukraine to agricultural settlement. Among the immigrants who arrived were communities of Prussian Mennonites, recruited as “model colonists” to bring progressive agricultural methods to the east. Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe documents the Tsarist Mennonite experience through the papers of Johann Cornies (1789–1848), an ambitious and energetic leader of the Mennonite colony of Molochna.

Cornies was well connected in the imperial government, and his papers offer a window not just into the world of the Molochna Mennonites but also into the Tsarist state’s relationship with the national minorities of the frontier: Mennonites, Doukhbors, Nogai Tartars, and Jews. This selection of his letters and reports, translated into English, is an invaluable resource for scholars of all aspects of life in Tsarist Ukraine and for those interested in Mennonite history.