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dc.contributor.supervisor Loewen, Royden (History, University of Winnipeg) en_US
dc.contributor.author Kliewer, Victor David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-16T21:02:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-16T21:02:48Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4758
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that the conservative Kanadier Mennonites, who first came to Canada in 1874, were committed to absolute pacifism. This commitment--one of the basics of their faith--caused major tensions with the host society, notably in times of war. In this thesis I investigate three kinds of resources, each offering a different perspective on the pacifist conviction of the conservative Kanadier Mennonites. The first consists of three migration accounts; the second includes six sermons; the third is a unique set of minutes of the "Aeltestenrat"--the Council of Elders--which record the deliberations of the church leaders who met with government officials to negotiate the alternative service program for conscientious objectors during World War II. The documents demonstrate that the conservative Kanadier Mennonites were not socially or politically engaged pacifists but that their commitment to absolute pacifism was an integral part of their overall understanding of being Christian. en_US
dc.subject peace en_US
dc.subject Mennonite en_US
dc.subject Aeltestenrat en_US
dc.subject Kanadier en_US
dc.title Nonresistant or pacifist? the peace stance of the conservative Kanadier Mennonites, 1874-1945 en_US
dc.degree.discipline History en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Churchill, David S. (History) Werner, Hans (University of Winnipeg) Funk-Unrau, Neil (Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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