“Friends, who welcome us with tears”: Memory, emotions and the experience of exile in the Anabaptist diaspora
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In the first half of the 18th century the Mennonite Hendrik Hulshoff, left Amsterdam to travel round Anabaptist communities in Prussia, including a group who had settled in Przechowka. Following the story of the Przechowka Mennonites, this paper examines the question of the way in which Anabaptist communities across Europe and beyond maintained a sense of community and constructed their identity as groups travelled, moved, or were exiled. Anabaptism has often been relegated as a radical sideline in the early modern era and defined solely by martyrdom and separation, and scant attention has been paid to the experience of Anabaptism across the diaspora of far-flung settlements and networks. This paper re-opens the question of the way in which they negotiated their position in communities and shaped identity through personal and emotional bonds, member lists, histories and memories of their past, and material cultures.
Katherine Hall is currently a Lecturer in Early Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London and her research focuses on the religious and cultural history of the early modern world. Katherine's first book analysed the evolution of Anabaptism in central Germany (Baptism, Brotherhood and Belief in Reformation Germany: Anabaptism and Lutheranism, 1525-1585 [Oxford University Press, 2015]), and a forthcoming Past and Present Supplement issue which she has edited tackles the problem of Lutheran culture. Katherine has previously held positions at UEA as a Lecturer and Oxford as a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, where she also did her DPhil, Masters and Undergraduate degree.
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