The Chronicles of Spirit Wrestlers' Immigration to Canada

God is not in Might, but in Truth

Authors: Verigin, Grigorii Vasil’evich

Editors: Makarova, Veronika, Ewashen, Larry A. (Eds.)

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  • English translation of the original Russian work
  • Describes the history of the Doukhobors, or Spirit Wrestlers
  • Highlights various aspects of Doukhobor beleifs
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This book describes the history in late 19th-century Russia and immigration to Canada of an ethnic and religious group known as Doukhobors, or Spirit Wrestlers. The book is a translation into English of the Russian original authored by Grigoriǐ Verigin, published in 1935. The book’s narrative starts with the consolidation of Doukhobor beliefs inspired by the most famous Doukhobor leader, Pëtr Verigin. It describes the arrival of Doukhobors in Canada, their agricultural and industrial accomplishments in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and the clashes and misunderstandings between Doukhobors and the Canadian government. The narrative closes in 1924, with the scenes of Pëtr Verigin’s death in a yet unresolved railway car bombing, and of his funeral. The author emphasizes the most crucial component of Doukhobor beliefs: their pacifism and unequivocal rejection of wars and military conflicts. The book highlights other aspects of Doukhobor beliefs as well, including global community, brotherhood and equality of all the people on earth, kind treatment of animals, vegetarianism, as well as abstinence from alcohol and tobacco. It also calls for social justice, tolerance, and diversity. 


About the authors

Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich Verigin was the brother and active supporter of Doukhobor leader Pëtr Verigin.

 Veronika Makarova is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

 Larry A. Ewashen was a curator for 18 years at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. He continues as a performer and music teacher, and presents special seminars on the Doukhobors and Lev Tolstoy at universities.



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“Now offered in English translation for the first time, this superbly edited volume chronicles the history of the Doukhobors from an insider's perspective, from their earliest origins, through their persecution and suffering in Russia, to their eventual settling in Canada. It is a gripping account–both timely and topical–of these people's condemnation of militarism, conflict and violence in their unwavering pursuit of pacifism.  Highly recommended for both specialists and discerning readers.” (Andrew Donskov, Distinguished Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada)

“The author ably describes how his ancestors in Russia and Canada urged leaders of the world to get rid of wars on planet earth. In 1895, 7,000 Doukhobors burnt their guns in a mass peace event in Russia, leading to persecution, exile and migration to Canada in 1899. A must read for human survival!” (Koozma J. Tarasoff, published scholar, photographer, and blogger)

Table of contents (43 chapters)

Table of contents (43 chapters)
  • Resettlement from Taurida Guberniia to the Caucasus

    Pages 1-3

    Verigin, Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich

  • Pëtr Vasil’evich Verigin

    Pages 5-8

    Verigin, Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich

  • Life and Death of Luker’ia Vasil’evna Kalmykova

    Pages 9-17

    Verigin, Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich

  • The Arrest of Pëtr Vasil’evich and His Exile from the Orphans’ Home

    Pages 19-21

    Verigin, Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich

  • His Exile According to the Administrative Order to Arkhangel’sk Guberniia for Five Years

    Pages 23-26

    Verigin, Grigoriǐ Vasil’evich

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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-18524-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Chronicles of Spirit Wrestlers' Immigration to Canada
Book Subtitle
God is not in Might, but in Truth
Authors
Editors
  • Veronika Makarova
  • Larry A. Ewashen
Translated by
Makarova, V.
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18525-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18525-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18524-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 304
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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