Missions and Empire
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 352
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The explosive expansion of Christianity in Africa and Asia during the last two centuries constitutes one of the most remarkable cultural transformations in the history of mankind. Because it coincided with the spread of European economic and political hegemony, it tends to be taken for granted that Christian missions went hand in hand with imperialism and colonial conquest. In this book historians survey the relationship between Christian missions and the British Empire from the seventeenth century to the 1960s and treat the subject thematically, rather than regionally or chronologically. Many of these themes are treated at length for the first time, relating the work of missions to language, medicine, anthropology, and decolonization. Other important chapters focus on the difficult relationship between missionaries and white settlers, women and mission, and the neglected role of the indigenous evangelists who did far more than European or North American missionaries to spread the Christian religion - belying the image of Christianity as the 'white man's religion'.
Missions and Empire is a wonderful addition to the OHBE series. Kirsten V. Walles, British Scholar offers a multifaceted and thought-provoking study of the relationship between missions and the British Empire Kevin Grant, Journal of British Studies This book features essays of uniformly high quality that articulate many important parts of the relationship between missions and empire. Kevin Grant, Journal of British Studies wide-ranging and well-written collection James Munson, Contemporary Review The history of missions recounted in these fascinating essays underscores the importance of the social relations of lived religion, of privileges defended and feet left unwashed Susan Thorne, History Workshop Journal There is much to admire, and the book ought to continue the debate on the relationship between British mission societies and the Empire Helena Bethea Gardner, Journal of Pacific History A collection that reflects the diversity both of missions inside and outside the Empire, and the diversity of approaches to the writing of those histories. Catherine Hall, English Historical Review