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Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World
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Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World

Berghahn Books, 2007

Michele Gillespie and Robert Beachy, eds.

A collection of 15 essays on the role of German Moravians in the Atlantic system of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

From the publisher:

Recent work on the history of migration and the Atlantic World has underscored the importance of the political economies of Europe, Africa, and the Americas in the eighteenth century, emphasizing the impact of these exchanges on political relations and state-building, and on economic structures, commerce, and wealth. Too little of this work explores culture and identity outside the Anglo-American context, especially as reflected through religious developments of radical Pietists and other Germans, the second largest group of migrants to the American colonies in the eighteenth century.

This volume offers a fresh vantage point from which to examine the Atlantic World. Quick to traverse the conventional political boundaries that divided European states and American colonies, Moravians departed their homeland to form new congregations in the most cosmopolitan European cities as well as on the North American frontier. Pious Pursuits explores the lives and beliefs of Atlantic World Moravians, as well as their communities and culture, and it provides a new framework for analysis of the Atlantic World that is comparative and transnational.

Praise for Pious Pursuits:

“[The essay by] S. Scott Rohrer places the Moravians into a mixed, English- and German-speaking, colonial culture in the Wachovia region of North Carolina. He underlines the willingness of English-speaking settlers to join German settlements, demonstrating that, in their minds, a shared religion was a more important factor in determining cultural integration than a particular ethnic background.”
Alexander Schunka, H-Net Reviews

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