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God's Empire
Religion and Colonialism in the British World, c.1801–1908

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194105

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  • In God's Empire, Hilary M. Carey charts Britain's nineteenth-century transformation from Protestant nation to free Christian empire through the history of the colonial missionary movement. This wide-ranging reassessment of the religious character of the second British empire provides a clear account of the promotional strategies of the major churches and church parties which worked to plant settler Christianity in British domains. Based on extensive use of original archival and rare published sources, the author explores major debates such as the relationship between religion and colonization, church-state relations, Irish Catholics in the empire, the impact of the Scottish Disruption on colonial Presbyterianism, competition between Evangelicals and other Anglicans in the colonies, and between British and American strands of Methodism in British North America.

    • Provides a revisionist history of religion in the British Empire and an introduction to major debates about religion in Victorian society
    • Assumes no prior knowledge of ecclesiastical history or theology
    • Tables and statistics quantify the scale and significance of the colonial missionary movement and its impact on settler colonies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    " ambitious work..." -David Lindenfeld, H-Empire

    "Carey has written a serious and densely documented and sourced book. It is the place to go if one wishes to understand the main outlines of the ways in which the churches established their institutional presence in the Empire." -Richard N. Price, Victorian Studies

    "Tyrrell's well-crafted and carefully argued volume cogently lays out the arguments and the personalities of this crucial debate as they emerged in the early twentieth century."
    -- Frederick Quinn, Anglican and Episcopal History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194105
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 6 maps 26 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. God's Empire:
    1. Colonialism, colonization and Greater Britain
    2. Protestant nation to Christian Empire, 1801–1908
    Part II. Colonial Missions: Introduction: colonial mission
    3. Anglicans
    4. Catholics
    5. Evangelical Anglicans
    6. Nonconformists
    7. Presbyterians
    Part III. Colonial Clergy:
    8. Clergy
    9. St Augustine's College, Canterbury
    10. Missionary College of All Hallows, Drumcondra (Dublin)
    Part IV. Promised Lands: Introduction: emigrants and colonists
    11. Christian colonization and its critics
    12. Colonies

  • Author

    Hilary M. Carey, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
    Hilary Carey is a Professor of History at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, and Life Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is the edited collection Empires of Religion (2008).

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