Inside the Ark: The Hutterites in Canada

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 The world's longest-lasting and most successful communal society, the Hutterites have a model of governance that has served them well for almost five hundred years.

In the past the colony was an "ark," isolated from both the secular world and the host society. But today colonies face new challenges because of globalization and digital technologies and are losing much of their ability to exclude these influences from their lives.

Based on extensive fieldwork with the ...

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Overview


 The world's longest-lasting and most successful communal society, the Hutterites have a model of governance that has served them well for almost five hundred years.

In the past the colony was an "ark," isolated from both the secular world and the host society. But today colonies face new challenges because of globalization and digital technologies and are losing much of their ability to exclude these influences from their lives.

Based on extensive fieldwork with the Schmiedeleut branch of the Hutterites, the book includes the Conference Letters and Regulations, published for the first time in English translation, that provide invaluable insights into strategies for managing change.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780889772823
  • Publisher: CPRC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: CPS Series , #63
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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John Lehr is a professor in the Geography Department at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests focus on the historical geography of agricultural settlement in Western Canada. He is particularly interested in frontier settlement and in the processes of migration, cultural transfer and community formation by ethnic and religious groups in newly settled regions. He is the author of Community and Frontier: A Ukrainian Settlement in the Canadian Parkland; co-author (with David McDowell) of Trailblazers: The Lives and Times of Michael and Muriel (Smith) Ewanchuk; and co-author (with Yossi Katz) of The Last Best West: Essays on the Historical Geography of the Canadian Prairies.

Yossi Katz is a full professor in Geography at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He holds the Chair for the Study of the History and Activities of the Jewish National Fund. He specializes in the modern history of Israel, Zionism, the process of Jewish settlement in Israel, and the Hutterite colonies settlement process in North America. He has published 23 books including: The Business of Settlement: Private Entrepreneurship in the Jewish Settlement of Palestine, 1900-1914 (1994); Partner to Partition: The Jewish Agency's Partition Plan in the Mandate Era (1998); Between Jerusalem and Hebron: Jewish Settlement in the Pre-State Period (1999, 2nd printing, 2003); The Last Best West: Essays on the Historical Geography of the Canadian Prairies (with J.L. Lehr, 1999); The Religious Kibbutz Movement in the Land of Israel (1999, 2nd printing 2003); The Battle for the Land: The History of the Jewish National Fund (2005); Forgotten Property: What Became of the Assets in Israel of Holocaust Victims (Hebrew, 2002); The Forsaken: Israel, the Reparations Agreement and the Question of Compensation and Restitutions for the Holocaust Survivors (Hebrew, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface ix

Chapter 1 In the Footsteps of Jesus and Ancient Christianity 1

Chapter 2 From Moravia to America 14

Chapter 3 Organization and Law in the New World 29

Chapter 4 Isolation in Space and Social Convergence 50

Chapter 5 Religion and Tradition in Daily Life 64

Chapter 6 Economic Prosperity 99

Chapter 7 The Education System and Education in the New World 116

Chapter 8 Leisure Time In and Outside the Colony 135

Chapter 9 Relationships with Neighbours and the Host Community 143

Chapter 10 Women in the Colonies 154

Chapter 11 Weglaufen: Leaving the Colony 166

Chapter 12 Globalization, Diversity and Change 178

Epilogue and Prognosis 202

Appendix 1 Hutterite Colonies in North America in 2006 213

Appendix 2 Hutterite Colony Branching 227

Appendix 3 Demographic Analysis 228

Appendix 4 Behind the Scenes: The Impressions of Dan Katz 235

Appendix 5 Ordinances and Conference Letters of the Schmiedeleut, 1762-2009 239

References 403

Index 407

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