Mennonites in Canada, 1939-1970: A People Transformed Paperback

A People Transformed

by T D Regehr;


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Mennonites in Canada, 1939-1970: A People Transformed

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When war broke out in 1939 Canadian Mennonites were overwhelmingly a rural people. By 1970 they had largely completed one of the greatest `migrations' in their history - the transformation from a rural to an urban community. In this third and final volume of Mennonite history in Canada, T.D. Regehr shows how the Second World War challenged the pacifist views of Mennonites and created a population more aware of events, problems, and opportunities for Christian service and personal advancement in the world beyond their traditional rural communities. Regehr describes how the war also initiated the urbanization process and brought in its wake a new wave of Mennonite immigrants, with different traditions and values, from Europe. Regehr traces as well the less cataclysmic and more far-reaching influences of urbanization on Mennonite identity. He demonstrates how the specialization, rationalism, and individualism that typically accompany the shift from a rural to an urban society produced new vocations, including a large business and professional class; created new values that were often at odds with traditional ones; and profoundly affected community and church life. Regehr balances a detailed institutional analysis with numerous insights into the lives of ordinary people, stressing the role and problems of women in what has been essentially a patriarchal society. Though, as he shows, the Mennonites were `a people transformed,' they were not assimilated. They retained a separate identity and preserved the distinctiveness of their faith and culture.

Mennonites in Canada, 1939-1970: A People Transformed by T D Regehr was published by University of Toronto Press in April 1996. The ISBN for Mennonites in Canada, 1939-1970: A People Transformed is 9781442615038.

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Page last updated 23rd September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press (April 1996)
Edition3rd
Weight871g
Number of Pages602
Thickness34 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781442615038
ISBN-101442615036
Product Code4490173
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