Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume II: 1836–1842
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, Doukhobors, Nogai Tatars, 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.
- Series: Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 720 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe is a marvelous project. The letters and documents allow us to see firsthand the internal workings of one of tsarist Russia’s most interesting and most important non-Russian communities, to explore the settlement and economic transformation of the steppe region, and to analyze the intricate relations between tsarist state agents and the heterogeneous subjects and settlers of the empire."
Nicholas Breyfogle, Department of History, The Ohio State University
"Volume II of Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe opens a fascinating window on the evolution of Mennonite social, religious, political, and economic life in southern Ukraine in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The extraordinary activity and personality of Johann Cornies comes even further into relief; his correspondence is an unparalleled source for the fine texture of daily economic life and the environmental history of the region."
Heather Coleman, Department of History, University of Alberta
Author InformationHarvey L. Dyck is a professor emeritus in the History Department at the University of Toronto.
John R. Staples is an associate professor in the Department of History at SUNY Fredonia.
Ingrid I. Epp is the former librarian of University College at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Part One: Correspondence
Part Two: Archeological Excavation Reports
Subjects and Courses