Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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chosen nation america in italy mennonites and germany in a global era the united states in the political thought and imagination of the risorgimento 1763–1865 benjamin w goossen axel körner during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the global mennonite church developed an uneasy relationship with germany despite the religion’s origins in the swiss and dutch reformation as well as its longstanding pacifism tens of thousands of members embraced militarist german nationalism chosen nation is a sweeping history of this encounter and the debates it sparked among parliaments dictatorships and congregations across eurasia and the americas benjamin goossen demonstrates how mennonites’ nationalization reflected and reshaped their faith convictions while some church leaders modified german identity along mennonite lines others appropriated nationalism wholesale advocating a specifically mennonite version of nationhood examining sources from poland to paraguay goossen shows how patriotic loyalties rose and fell with religious affiliation individuals might claim to be german at one moment but mennonite the next some external parties encouraged separatism as when the weimar republic helped establish an autonomous “mennonite state” in latin america still others treated mennonites as quintessentially german under hitler’s third reich entire colonies benefited from racial warfare and genocide in nazi-occupied ukraine whether choosing germany as a national homeland or identifying as a chosen people called and elected by god mennonites committed to collective action in ways that were intricate fluid and always surprising america in italy examines the influence of the american political experience on the imagination of italian political thinkers between the late eighteenth century and the unification of italy in the 1860s axel körner shows that italian political thought was shaped by debates about the american revolution and the u.s constitution but he focuses on the important distinction that while european interest in developments across the atlantic was keen this attention was not blind admiration rather america became a sounding board for the critical assessment of societal changes at home many italians did not think the united states had lessons to teach them and often concluded that life across the atlantic was not just different but in many respects also objectionable in america utopia and dystopia seemed to live side by side and italian references to the united states were frequently in support of progressive or reactionary causes political thinkers including cesare balbo carlo cattaneo giuseppe mazzini and antonio rosmini used the united states to shed light on the course of their nation’s political resurgence concepts from montesquieu rousseau and vico served to evaluate what italians discovered about america ideas about american “domestic manners” were reflected and conveyed through works of ballet literature opera and satire transcending boundaries between intellectual and cultural history, america in italy is the first booklength examination of the influence of america’s political formation on modern italian political thought benjamin w goossen is a scholar of global religious history at harvard university june 978-0-691-17428-0 cloth $49.50s 256 pages 15 halftones 1 line illus 1 table 4 maps 6 x 9 history religion axel körner is professor of modern history at university college london june 978-0-691-16485-4 cloth $45.00s 352 pages 16 halftones 1 map 6 x 9 history european history 114 history