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Das Gastebuch der mennonitichen Bauernfamilie David Mollinger Senior, 1781-1817. Eine historisch-kritische Edition.

Das Gastebuch der mennonitichen Bauernfamilie David Mollinger Senior, 1781-1817. Eine historisch-kritische Edition. By Frank Kornersmann. Alzey: Verlag der Rheinhessischen Druckwerkstatte. 2009.

Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the Mennonite Mollinger family played a leading role in the agricultural revolution in the Palatinate and Rhine Hesse. David Mollinger Sr. (17xx-1.7xx) was especially noted for his innovative use of fertilizers, his detailed recordkeeping, and his integrated approach to cattle, grain, clover and brandy production. Mollinger's economic success--which won him widespread renown--played an important role in the growing social integration of Mennonites into southwest German society. Frank Kornersmann, who has been studying Mennonite agriculture in southwest Germany for many years, has now published the guestbook of the Mollinger family. Started by David and continued by his sons, the guestbook offers a rare window into the wide-ranging social network and high regard the family enjoyed. In addition to the text of the guestbook itself, the volume includes several interpretive essays, detailed identification of the names listed in the guestbook, a comprehensive bibliography and several indexes.
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Publication:Mennonite Quarterly Review
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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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