Missions and Empire

Missions and Empire

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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'.The cost of association with a chief on the losing side of a conflict could be exile or sudden death. ... In Tahiti the early missionaries were quickly reduced to rags, living in hovels, their plight made worse by the taunts of small ... the Maori chiefs put a#39;theira#39; missionaries to work as diplomatic liaisons with European powers and to procure and repair firearms. ... the truths of the Gospel, but on the contrary much aversiona#39;.3 While friendlier, Pomare II followed his fathera#39;s strategy of increasinganbsp;...

Title:Missions and Empire
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2005-07-14

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