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The Military Service Exemption of the Mennonites of Provincial Prussia Wilhelm Mannhardt

The Military Service Exemption of the Mennonites of Provincial Prussia

Wilhelm Mannhardt

Published January 8th 2014
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452 pages
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In the mid-nineteenth century, the Mennonites of the Vistula Delta region—their centuries old exemption from military service under debate both from within and without—asked Wilhelm Mannhardt to research and write an extended explanation of theMoreIn the mid-nineteenth century, the Mennonites of the Vistula Delta region—their centuries old exemption from military service under debate both from within and without—asked Wilhelm Mannhardt to research and write an extended explanation of the Mennonite position. He argued that the tradition of military service exception was based on religious conviction, not on political or material expediency and that it had a long history going back to the sixteenth century. His book was the first, and for many decades, the only history of the Vistula Mennonites and is foundation for European Mennonite historiography. This English translation by Anthony Epp and Abraham Friesen makes it available, after 150 years, to a wider audience.