Missions and Empire

Paperback | January 17, 2008

EditorNorman Etherington

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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 grantedthat 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 theindigenous 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'.

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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 grantedthat Christian missions went hand in hand w...

Norman Etherington recieved 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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:January 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Norman Etherington: Introduction1. Eliga H. Gould: Prelude: The Christianizing of British America2. Andrew Porter: Missionaries and Empire: An Overview 1700-19143. Alan Lester: Humanitarians and White Settlers in the Nineteenth Century4. John Barker: Where the Missionary Frontier Ran Ahead of Empire5. Robert Eric Frykenberg: Christian Missions and the Raj6. Peggy Brock: New Christians as Evangelists7. Gareth Griffiths: 'Trained to Tell the Truth': Missionaries, Converts, and Narration8. Patricia Grimshaw and Peter Sherlock: Women and Cultural Exchanges9. Paul Landau: Language10. Robert Edgar: New Religious Movements11. Patrick Harries: Anthropology12. Norman Etherington: Education and Medicine13. David Maxwell: Decolonization

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