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Negotiating States, Rejecting Nations

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This chapter examines the relationships that Mennonites have forged with the nation-states on whose territories they settled. It demonstrates that the relationships with the different states have been more intense and significant than what can be openly and unproblematically acknowledged by either side. The chapter provides, on the one hand, a decentred perspective on nation-making processes afforded by focusing on their historical relationships with Mennonites. On the other hand, it explores the Mennonites' dynamics of schism and migration as resulting from their relationships with different states. The Mennonites were not the only targets of said policies to attract immigrants. This was the product of a wider populating policy put in practice by Catherine II, to consolidate Russia's territorial control. There are three Mennonite colonies in Uruguay, Delta, Gartenthal and El Ombú, but none of them belongs to the Old Colony.

Keywords:immigrants; Mennonites; migration; nation-states; Old Colony; Russia; Uruguay



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