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Identities Across Borders: The Moravian Brethren As A Global Community

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The Moravian communities crossed over the borders of countries and continents. They were active in Europe and America; they owned mission stations in the colonies of various governments and were obliged to deal or cooperate with them. As a "global player," the Moravians carefully observed the political climates of the nations in which they lived, or the colonies in which they were active. Comprehensive cultural or social developments were very rarely mirrored in the Gemeinnachrichten. An important aspect of the global community's on going self-assurance was the biographies of recently deceased members ,which were published in the Gemeinnachrichten. The Moravians did not want to endanger the unity of the global community and the missionary activities in the English colonies, in particular, by openly taking sides against England.

Keywords: Gemeinnachrichten; Global Community; Moravian Brethren



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