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The Leardeenst assumed both, the task of definition of Christenvolk and Weltmensch on the friend/enemy dichotomy, as well as holding the keys to both entry and exit of the Christenvolk. With the advent of modernity, and the speeding up of change in the world that surrounded them, the Old Colony found in the control of technological acquisition a means of marking their separation from the world. In the same way as the analysis of conflict and deviants has shown the process of transformation of the Mennonite imagination of the future, focusing on the Mennonites has, in turn, provided insights in the process of the transformation of the political world into the national order of things. The Old Colony have transformed itself into something very similar to a nation, while the Leardeenst into something that, in many ways resembles a state.

Keywords:Christenvolk; Leardeenst; Mennonites; Old Colony



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