Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Chosen NationMennonites and Germany in a Global Era$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Benjamin W. Goossen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174280

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174280.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 26 September 2021

Becoming German

Becoming German

The Geography of Collectivism

Chapter:
(p.18) Chapter 1 Becoming German
Source:
Chosen Nation
Author(s):

Benjamin W. Goossen

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174280.003.0002

This chapter illustrates how German nationalist Mennonites, such as Hinrich van der Smissen, portrayed the growing association between their religion and their nationality as natural and almost inevitable. However, this process was in fact contingent and highly contested. As viewed from the beginning or even the middle of the nineteenth century, the development of a specifically German–Mennonite nexus would have seemed just one of many possible outcomes, and in later years, observers continued to find it as surprising as it was new. Despite the grandiose terms in which these nationalists touted the emergence of a German Mennonite “imagined community,” this idea always held more power for a few dedicated activists than it did for the majority of its alleged members.

Keywords:   Mennonites, German nationalists, Hinrich van der Smissen, religion, nationality, German Mennonite community

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.