Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era by Benjamin W. Goossen

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 contributors embraced militarist German nationalism. Chosen Nation is a sweeping heritage of this stumble upon and the debates it sparked between parliaments, dictatorships, and congregations throughout Eurasia and the Americas.

Offering a multifaceted viewpoint on nationalism's emergence in Europe and worldwide, Benjamin Goossen demonstrates how Mennonites' nationalization mirrored and reshaped their religion convictions. whereas a few church leaders transformed German id alongside Mennonite strains, others appropriated nationalism wholesale, advocating a in particular Mennonite model of nationhood. studying assets from Poland to Paraguay, Goossen exhibits how patriotic loyalties rose and fell with non secular association. members 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 determine an independent "Mennonite kingdom" in Latin the US. nonetheless others handled Mennonites as quintessentially German; less than Hitler's 3rd Reich, complete colonies benefited from racial conflict and genocide in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. no matter if opting for Germany as a countrywide place of birth or deciding on as a selected humans, referred to as and elected by means of God, Mennonites dedicated to collective motion in ways in which have been complicated, fluid, and constantly surprising.

The first ebook 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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