BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    God’s theatre: global conceptions of space in the Early Modern Mennonite Diaspora, c. 1550-1800

    Hill, Katherine (2024) God’s theatre: global conceptions of space in the Early Modern Mennonite Diaspora, c. 1550-1800. Journal of Early Modern History 28 (1-2), pp. 39-64. ISSN 1385-3783.

    48555.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

    Download (336kB) | Preview


    In 1598 the Schottland Bible, a large, printed volume, was produced for the Danzig Mennonites, decorated with maps. Space and landscape were essential to their self-conception. This chapter offers an original way of conceptualizing global Protestant cultures through an examination of the interconnected spaces in early modern Mennonite diasporic communities. This chapter will focus in particular on the way in which Mennonites who migrated from the Netherlands to the Vistula delta in the sixteenth century expressed connected confessional identities through space. Space is essential if scholarship is to construct a narrative of global Protestantisms. Lacking the notion of the universal church which connects global Catholic cultures, scholars of the global in early modern Protestantism face a challenge in the spatial frameworks they might adopt. The chapter will focus on three types of Mennonite space – past, present, and future – as a way of reconceptualizing global Protestantisms.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): religion, global, early modern, Mennonites
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Katherine Hill
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 12:59
    Last Modified: 01 May 2024 18:11


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item