Author Urry, James
Article Title “The Snares of Reason“—Changing Mennonite Attitudes to “Knowledge“ in Nineteenth-Century Russia
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Source Comparative studies in society and history. vol. 25, no. 2 (Apr. 1983), p. 306-322
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Journal Title Comparative studies in society and history.
Copy vol. 25, no. 2 (Apr. 1983), p. 306-322
ISSN 0010-4175
Brief substance During the early 1830s Russian officials drew up plans to reform the educational system of foreign colonists in southern Russia. The colonies of Mennonites there welcomed the proposals as evidence of official interest in plans already formulated by leading Mennonites. In certain quarters, however, educational reform met fierce resistance. Around 1833, Heinrich Balzer, a Lehrer of the Kleine Gemeinde, a small schismatic group in the Mennonite colony at Molochnaia, wrote a number of tracts warning fellow brethren and the other colony Aeltesten of the dangers of close involvement with the “world”, particularly through educational reform. One pamphlet was concerned with the categories of “understanding and reason” (Verstand und Vernuft)
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