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My research focuses on the movements of people and diseases around the world. In 2020, my prize-winning dissertation was published as a book titled "Exiled Among Nations: German and Mennonite Mythologies in a Transnational Age," with Cambridge University Press. My current project, “The Sword Outside, the Plague Within: A Cultural History of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Europe,” compares the cultural impact of the “Spanish” flu across ten European countries. Website: www.johneicher.com
Cambridge Core - Latin American History - Exiled Among Nations - by John P. R. Eicher
This article compares two German-speaking Mennonite colonies in Paraguay and their encounters with Nazism during the 1930s. It focuses on their understandings of the Nazi bid for transnational völkisch unity. Latin America presents a unique context for studying the Nazis’ relationship to German-speakers abroad because it held the allure of being th...
This chapter examines how groups of people with similar origins and identifications create different collective narratives. It does so by focusing on two groups of German-speaking Mennonites from Russia—one composed of voluntary migrants and the other composed of refugees—who settled in Paraguay’s Gran Chaco during the interwar years of the twentie...
This article traces the movement of thousands of Mennonite refugees who fled Russia for Germany in 1929, and then departed Germany for South America in 1930. It does so by examining the motives of a transnational collection of state and nonstate actors that were helpful or hostile to them. Although the Soviet, German, and Canadian governments, the...
There is some bad looking blood brewing at the usually quiet and modest town of Berne, between the energetic followers of those championing the anti-saloon cause and those personally interested in antagonizing this movement…It is evident that all is not lovely, and that the public may hear more of the troubles that are emanating from these conflict...
This book manuscript compares rural and religious interpretations of the “Spanish flu” pandemic in Central Europe and the British Isles.