“Please Send Us a Priest of Our German Nationality…”: The Confessional/Ethnic in the Worldview of the Siberian Catholics
pdf (Русский)


Siberian Frontier Ethno-Confession Methodological Discourse German Ethnos Siberian Catholics Confessional Identity Ethnic Identity National Identity Polyconfessional Frontier Ethno-Confessionalism of the Germans in Siberia

How to Cite

1. Nedzelyuk T. “Please Send Us a Priest of Our German Nationality…”: The Confessional/Ethnic in the Worldview of the Siberian Catholics // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2021. № 4 (6). C. 218-232.


The study is devoted to the analysis of the correlation of the confessional element with the ethnic element within the construction of "ethnoconfession" for the Catholic Germans of Siberia. The relevance of the study of the topic is dictated by the modern processes of ethnic and confessional identification/self-identification that have replaced globalization. Notably, due to the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional nature of the Siberian population, a peculiar and unique concept of the frontier has developed, determined by historians as the “Siberian frontier”. The temporal boundaries of the study include the twentieth century: from the moment of mass migrations from the Crimea, the Volga region and Ukraine to the Trans-Urals in the context of the Stolypin agrarian reform to the beginning of the active return movement of Russian Germans to Germany. The methodological basis of the study was the work of both ethnographers and sociologists. The content analysis method revealed the peculiarities of the mentality of representatives of various confessional groups within the German ethnic group. The research is based on the materials of the Russian State Historical Archive. The conclusions about the importance of confessional self-awareness are important for the self-identification and successful socialization of Russian Germans. The article is intended for specialists in the field of history and ethnography of Russian Germans, as well as for researchers interested in the features of frontier communications in Siberia.

pdf (Русский)


Beglov, A., Tokareva, E., & Fadeev, I. (2020). Liturgical Practices of Catholics in Soviet Russia in the 1920s and 1930s: Norms and Anomalies. Government, Religion, and Church in Russia and Abroad, 38 (4), 265–293. (In Russian).

Beliakova, N., & Dobson, M. (2016). Protestant women in the late Soviet era: Gender, authority, and dissent. Canadian Slavonic Papers, 58 (2), 117–140. doi: 10.1080/00085006.2016.1157923

Belyakova, N., & Mikeshin, I. (2018). Gender Strategies and Disciplinary Practices in Religious Communities. Government, Religion, and Church in Russia and Abroad, 36 (2), 7–16. (In Russian).

Betcher, A. R. (2004). Peculiarities of economic development of different local groups of the German population of Western Siberia in the late 19th-early 20th century. In Key problems of the history of Russian Germans (pp. 274–290). Moscow: Gothic. (In Russian).

Forbes, J. D. (1968). Frontiers in American History and the Role of the Frontier Historian. Ethnohistory, 15 (2), 203. doi: 10.2307/480557

Glinka, G. V. (2014). Asian Russia. Volume 1. People and Orders Beyond the Urals. St. Petersburg: Resettlement Department. (In Russian).

Herman, A. A. (2019). The National Identity of Russian Germans under the Pressure of Bolshevism. Problems of Russian Civilization and History Teaching Methodology, (11), 83–94. (In Russian).

Kurske, V. S., & Smirnova, T. B. (2011). The Ethnic Identity of Russian Germans in the Beginning of the 21st Century. (According to the results of the All-Russian survey). Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, 14 (1), 160–177. (In Russian).

Kuznetsov, V. K. (1912). Collection of statistical data on the economic situation of migrants in Siberia: Materials on the survey of typical migrant settlements. Issue 1-5. St. Petersburg: Resettlement Department. (In Russian).

Licenberger, O. A. (2014). Migration and Ethnic Stereotypes (Based on Sociological Research in the Saratov Region). Bulletin of the Volga Region Academy of Public Service, (4), 70‑78. (In Russian).

Nagnibeda, V. Y. (Ed.). (1913). Collection of statistical data on the economic situation of migrants in Tomsk Province. Barnaul, Kainsk, Tomsk and Mariinsk uyezds. Issue 1. Tomsk: Printing house of V.M. Perelman. (In Russian).

Nedzeluk, T. G. (2009). The Roman Catholic Church in the Multi-ethnic Space of Western Siberia. 1881–1918. Novosibirsk: Prometheus. (In Russian).

Nedzeluk, T. G. (2012). The Information Space of Siberia in the World Picture of Western Migrant Agrarians. First Yadrintsev Readings, 66–68. Omsk: Omsk Museum of History and Regional Studies. (In Russian).

Nedzeluk, T. G. (2016). The Confessional Community of Catholics in Siberia: The Influence of Worldview on Everyday Life (1830-1917). Novosibirsk: Publishing house of the Siberian Institute of Public Service. (In Russian).

Panarina, D. S. (2015). The Border and the Frontier as a Factor in the Development of a Region and/or a Country. History and Modernity, (1), 15–41. (In Russian).

Plokhotnyuk, T. N. (2016). Russian Germans in the North Caucasus Frontier in the 19th Century: Problems of Natural and Economic Adaptation. Education, life, and the fate of German settlements in Russia, 86–96. Marx: RusDouchMedia. (In Russian).

Plokhotnyuk, T. N. (2017). Protestantism and Migration: The Religious Factor of German Resettlement in the North Caucasus. Humanities and Law Studies, (2), 116–122. (In Russian).

Remnev, A. V. (2011). Nationality “Siberian”: Regional Identity and Historical Constructivism in the 19th Century. Politia: Analysis. Chronicle. Forecast (Journal of Political Philosophy and Sociology of Politics), (3), 109–128. (In Russian).

Remnev, A. V. (2015). Siberia in the imperial geography of power in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Omsk: Omsk State University. (In Russian).

Rezun, D. Y., & Shilovsky, M. V. (2005). Siberia, late 16th – early 20th centuries: Frontier in the context of ethno-social and ethno-cultural processes. Novosibirsk: Sova. (In Russian).

Russian State Historical Archive. (1909–1911). F. 826. In. 1. C. 1825. (In Russian).

Russian State Historical Archive. (1912). F. 826. In. 1. C. 1859. (In Russian).

Shaidurov, V. N. (2018). The German catholic community of Marienburg from the end of the 19th till the beginning of the 20th century: Some aspects of the local history. Rusin, 2 (52), 288–308. doi: 10.17223/18572685/52/20

Smirnova, T. B. (2002). The Germans of Siberia: Ethnic Processes. Novosibirsk: Rusinko. (In Russian).

Smirnova, T. B., & Kisser, T. S. (2020). Ethnicity of Russian Germans in Photographs: Visible Images and Hidden Meanings. Ural Historical Bulletin, (3), 45–54. doi: 10.30759/1728-9718-2020-3(68)-45-54 (In Russian).

Vibe, P. P. (2017). Mentality and behavioral practices of German colonists as factors in the formation of their adaptation and colonization capabilities: The example of the German colonies in Omsk County (late 19th century - first third of the 20th century). Lutherans in Russia: On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, 13–20. Omsk: Omsk State Technical University. (In Russian).

Yurasov, I. A., & Yurasova, O. N. (2020). Confessional and Religious Identities: Ethnos, Discourse. Religious Studies, (4), 108–118. doi: 10.22250/2072-8662.2020.4.108-118 (In Russian).

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.