Mennonites in Canada history series

The Mennonites in Canada includes three volumes:

Volume 1 covers the Mennonite experience in Canada from the time of the first documented immigrants in 1786 to the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario from Pennsylvania through the conclusion of World War I. This volume has gone through three printings, the last two by the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada. The table of contents for volume 1 is listed below.

Volume 2 covers theological difficulties within the Mennonite groups already settled in Canada, the emigration of some conservative groups to Latin America, the massive immigration of more Mennonites from Ukraine during the 1920s, and the Mennonite experience during the Depression, leading up to World War II. The table of contents for volume 2 is listed below.

Volume 3 brings the story up to 1970, including the World War II experience, continued immigration after the war, the massive economic changes within the community during the 1950s and 1960s, and the impact on Mennonite life as they further integrated into Canadian society. Publication was in 1996 by the University of Toronto Press.

See a lengthy bibliography on Mennonites in Canada after 1939 prepared by T.D. Regehr.

Mennonites in Canada, 1786-1920

The history of a separate people by Frank H. Epp (Toronto : Macmillan of Canada, 1974), 480 p.

ContentsHistory series, v.1-2
  1. The Most Separated Brethren
  2. On to Russia and Canada
  3. Pioneers in a New Land
  4. The Nonresistors and the Militia
  5. The Congregations and their Leaders
  6. Mid-Century Renewal Movements
  7. Revitalization and Separation in Russia
  8. Mass Migration from Russia to Manitoba
  9. The East and West Reserves
  10.  An Awakening at the Centre
  11.  The Stand of the Old Order
  12. . The Church Struggles in Manitoba
  13.  Settlement in Alberta and Saskatchewan
  14.  Education: Church v. State
  15.  The War and Military Exemption
  16.  War's Aftermath and Mennonite Exclusion

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Mennonites in Canada, 1920-1940

A people's struggle for survival by Frank H. Epp (Toronto : Macmillan of Canada, 1982), 640 p.

  1. The Uncertain Future
  2. Reaffirmation of the Fundamentals
  3. Emigration to Latin America
  4. Immigration from Russia
  5. Community-Building: Settlements
  6. CommunityBuilding: Congregations
  7. The International Connection
  8. Overcoming the Depression
  9. Federation and fragmentation
  10. Keeping the Young People
  11. Preserving the Culture
  12. Facing the World

Last updated 12-Sep-2005