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Hutterite Beginnings: Communitarian Experiments during the Reformation
     

Hutterite Beginnings: Communitarian Experiments during the Reformation

by Werner O. Packull
 

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The oldest and largest communal society in North America, the Hutterites—Anabaptists of German origin, like the Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren—have long been the subject of scholarly study and popular curiosity. Werner Packull tells the comprehensive story of the Hutterite beginnings in their original homelands—particularly in Tyrol and Moravia—

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The oldest and largest communal society in North America, the Hutterites—Anabaptists of German origin, like the Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren—have long been the subject of scholarly study and popular curiosity. Werner Packull tells the comprehensive story of the Hutterite beginnings in their original homelands—particularly in Tyrol and Moravia—and discovers important relationships among early Anabaptist sects.

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Church History
The publication of this volume is cause for celebration! The years of painstaking research in untold towns, cities, and libraries in Europe, as well as in North America, the empathy the author brought to the subject... the skill evident in translating, especially technical terms, and the firm grasp of both minute details and their implications, as well as the overall story, have raised the level of historical scholarship to a new high.

— Cornelius J. Dyck

Religious Studies Review
Werner Packull is one of the most careful, balanced and thorough historians that Anabaptist studies has produced... and now achieves a new high point with his Hutterite Beginnings.

— A. James Reimer

Mennonite Quarterly Review
This remarkable history of early Swiss and Upper German Anabaptism sets a new norm for scholarship, combining as it does for the first time in such depth the methodologies of social history and the history of ideas. Werner O. Packull seems to have left no stone unturned... A fascinating, intricate story.

— Leonard Gross

Conrad Grebel Review
Johns Hopkins University Press is to be congratulated for publishing this volume and thus broadening its growing list of significant works on the Amish and Hutterite branches of the Anabaptist family... The scholarly apparatus is excellent, with a comprehensive bibliography of research on Anabaptism, extensive notes, and some very useful appendices. Packull's book will be an indispensable tool and resource for all who describe and interpret these traditions from religious and social perspectives.

— Walter Klaassen

Church History

The publication of this volume is cause for celebration! The years of painstaking research in untold towns, cities, and libraries in Europe, as well as in North America, the empathy the author brought to the subject... the skill evident in translating, especially technical terms, and the firm grasp of both minute details and their implications, as well as the overall story, have raised the level of historical scholarship to a new high.

— Cornelius J. Dyck

American Historical Review
Extensive quotations from the Hutterite Chronicle, the prison letters, and other witness accounts give immediacy to Packull's narrative and provide English readers with a window on primary sources that remain largely untranslated... With its wealth of evocative source material, it is a highly readable account that will appeal not only to specialists but also to undergraduates and general readers.

— Erika Rummel

Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
Packull is to be lauded for doing the research so thoroughly and presenting the results so lucidly. His is a meticulous and masterful piece of scholarship in a neglected area of ecclesiastical history.

Church History - Cornelius J. Dyck
The publication of this volume is cause for celebration! The years of painstaking research in untold towns, cities, and libraries in Europe, as well as in North America, the empathy the author brought to the subject... the skill evident in translating, especially technical terms, and the firm grasp of both minute details and their implications, as well as the overall story, have raised the level of historical scholarship to a new high.

Religious Studies Review - A. James Reimer
Werner Packull is one of the most careful, balanced and thorough historians that Anabaptist studies has produced... and now achieves a new high point with his Hutterite Beginnings.

Mennonite Quarterly Review - Leonard Gross
This remarkable history of early Swiss and Upper German Anabaptism sets a new norm for scholarship, combining as it does for the first time in such depth the methodologies of social history and the history of ideas. Werner O. Packull seems to have left no stone unturned... A fascinating, intricate story.

Conrad Grebel Review - Walter Klaassen
Johns Hopkins University Press is to be congratulated for publishing this volume and thus broadening its growing list of significant works on the Amish and Hutterite branches of the Anabaptist family... The scholarly apparatus is excellent, with a comprehensive bibliography of research on Anabaptism, extensive notes, and some very useful appendices. Packull's book will be an indispensable tool and resource for all who describe and interpret these traditions from religious and social perspectives.

American Historical Review - Erika Rummel
Extensive quotations from the Hutterite Chronicle, the prison letters, and other witness accounts give immediacy to Packull's narrative and provide English readers with a window on primary sources that remain largely untranslated... With its wealth of evocative source material, it is a highly readable account that will appeal not only to specialists but also to undergraduates and general readers.

Booknews
Packull (history, Conrad Grebel College, U. of Waterloo-Ontario) details the European origins of the Hutterites, the oldest and largest communal society of North America, and explores relationships among early Anabaptist sects. He chronicles the life and death of Jacob Hutter, the group's founder, provides anecdotes on previously neglected figures, including Hutter's wife, and describes the Hutterites' defensive measures against persecution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801862564
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
Center Books in Anabaptist Studies
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Werner O. Packull is a professor of history at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the author of Rereading Anabaptist Beginnings and Mysticism and the Early South German-Austrian Anabaptist Movement, 1525-1531.

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