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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."

Synopsis:

The widespread idea that Christian missions went hand in hand with Imperialism and colonial conquest is challenged here by a group of eminent historians. By showing the variety of missions and the vital role played by indigenous men and women, they place missions in a long historical perspective. Special attention is paid to emerging themes such as the missionary role in anthropology, gender relations, language, medicine, and decolonization.

About the Author

Norman Etherington received his BA and PhD degrees from Yale University. He joined the History Department at the University of Adelaide as a Lecturer in 1968 and was subsequently appointed Reader in History. In 1989 he moved to the University of Western Australia taking up the position of Professor and Chair of History. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a past President of the Australian Historical Association, a Member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a Member of the International Association for mission studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Norman Etherington

1. Prelude: The Christianizing of British America, Eliga H. Gould

2. Missionaries and Empire: An Overview 1700-1914, Andrew Porter

3. Humanitarians and White Settlers in the Nineteenth Century, Alan Lester

4. Where the Missionary Frontier Ran Ahead of Empire, John Barker

5. Christian Missions and the Raj, Robert Eric Frykenberg

6. New Christians as Evangelists, Peggy Brock

7. 'Trained to Tell the Truth': Missionaries, Converts, and Narration, Gareth Griffiths

8. Women and Cultural Exchanges, Patricia Grimshaw and Peter Sherlock

9. Language, Paul Landau

10. New Religious Movements, Robert Edgar

11. Anthropology, Patrick Harries

12. Education and Medicine, Norman Etherington

13. Decolonization, David Maxwell

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199253470
Editor:
Etherington, Norman
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Etherington, Norman
Author:
Etherington, Norman
Author:
null, Norman
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History, World | British
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
Christian Ministry - Missions
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Imperialism -- History.
Subject:
Missions, British -- History.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
World History-General
Series:
Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series
Publication Date:
20051020
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.494 lb

Related Subjects

Business » Accounting and Finance
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » Missionaries
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , The widespread idea that Christian missions went hand in hand with Imperialism and colonial conquest is challenged here by a group of eminent historians. By showing the variety of missions and the vital role played by indigenous men and women, they place missions in a long historical perspective. Special attention is paid to emerging themes such as the missionary role in anthropology, gender relations, language, medicine, and decolonization.
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