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Norman Etherington

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253487.001.0001

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An Overview, 1700–1914

An Overview, 1700–1914

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Missions and Empire

Andrew Porter

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the connection between the British Empire and Christian missions overseas during the period from 1700 to 1914. From the beginning of the eighteenth century Christianity expanded as part of British culture and activities overseas on an unprecedented scale. Home and colonial governments supported ecclesiastical and missionary expansion wherever they can assert their authority and promote social order. However, the dynamics of religion were unpredictable and often inconsistent with imperial needs. This led to the negative relationship between imperial control and the missionary movement.

Keywords:   Christian missions, British Empire, Christianity, British culture, colonial governments, religion, imperial control, missionary movement

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