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Religion versus Empire? : British Protestant Missionaries and Overseas Expansion, 1700-1914 - A. Porter

Religion versus Empire?

British Protestant Missionaries and Overseas Expansion, 1700-1914

By: A. Porter

Paperback Published: 5th August 2004
ISBN: 9780719028236
Number Of Pages: 392

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This is the only book that addresses the relations between religion, Protestant missions, and empire building, linking together all three fields of study by taking as its starting point the early eighteenth century Anglican initiatives in colonial North America and the Caribbean. It considers how the early societies of the 1790s built on this inheritance, and extended their own interests to the Pacific, India, the Far East, and Africa. Fluctuations in the vigor and commitment of the missions, changing missionary theologies, and the emergence of alternative missionary strategies, are all examined for their impact on imperial expansion. Other themes include the international character of the missionary movement, Christianity's encounter with Islam, and major figures such as David Livingstone, the state and politics, and humanitarianism, all of which are viewed in a fresh light.

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"Porter is one of very few writers on the missionary movement who combines a secure grasp of the various dimensions of the imperial context with a recognition that the theological preoccupations of the missionaries and their supporters need to be taken seriously. It will appeal to both specialists and students alike."--Brian Stanley, University of Cambridge

Missionary practice and precedents, 1701-1789
The reorganisation of missionary enterprise, 1790-1812
Missions, governments and empire: the terms of engagement, 1800-1830
Missionary religion and secular influences: Christianity, commerce and civilisation, 1800-1830
International networks in the missionary movement, 1815-1850
The new wave: Missionary expansion and plans for the future, 1834-1850
Missionary goals, colonial experience, and the waning of enthusiasm, 1850-1870
New directions: the challenge of faith missions, China and Islam
Missionary traditions, 1860-1895: adaptations and consequences (1)
Missionary traditions, 1860-1895: adaptations and consequences (2)
Beyond the centeneries: missions versus empire, 1890-1914
Conclusion: the anti imperialism of missions?
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780719028236
ISBN-10: 071902823X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 5th August 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.62