Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies

Sponsored by the University of Toronto’s research program in Tsarist and Soviet Mennonite Studies, this series encompasses original studies and guides to primary source material. Established in 1989 within the University’s Centre for Russian and East European Studies, this program promotes international collaboration among individuals and institutions engaged in Mennonite studies in the former Soviet Union. General editor: Harvey L. Dyck.


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Minority Report: Mennonite Identities in Imperial Russia and Soviet Ukraine Reconsidered, 17891945
Minority Report: Mennonite Identities in Imperial Russia and Soviet Ukraine Reconsidered, 1789–1945
Edited by Leonard G. Friesen

In Minority Report, Leonard G. Friesen and the volume’s contributors boldly reassess Mennonite history in Imperial Russia and the former Soviet Ukraine.

Available Dec 2017
Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume I: 1812-1835
Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe: Letters and Papers of Johann Cornies, Volume I: 1812-1835
Translated by Ingrid I. Epp
Edited by Harvey L. Dyck, Ingrid I. Epp, and John R. Staples

Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian Steppe documents the Mennonite experience in the southern Ukraine through the papers of Johann Cornies (1789–1848), an ambitious and energetic leader of the Mennonite colony of Molochna.

Published Dec 2015
Path of Thorns: Soviet Mennonite Life under Communist and Nazi Rule
Path of Thorns: Soviet Mennonite Life under Communist and Nazi Rule
By Jacob A. Neufeld
Edited, with an Introduction and Analysis, by Harvey L. Dyck
Translated from the German by Harvey L. Dyck and Sarah Dyck

Paths of Thorns is the story of Jacob Abramovich Neufeld (1895–1960), a prominent Soviet Mennonite leader and writer, as well as one of these Mennonites sent to the Gulag.

Published Jan 2014
A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880
A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880
Translated and edited by Harvey L. Dyck

Epp’s writings reveal a skilled and honest diarist of deep feelings, and tell a human story that no conventional historical account could hope to equal.

Published Feb 2013