John R. Staples is associate professor of history at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, New York. A German version of this article appeared as Die Bedeutung des Krimkrieges, der Bauernbefreiung und der Landlosenkriese für die Mennoniten an der Molotschna in the 2005 Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter, and a shorter English version in the December 2004 Preservings.

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