German Moravian Missionaries in the British Colony of Victoria, Australia, 1848-1908: Influential Strangers

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2010 - Religion - 274 pages
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Focusing on the six decades that German Moravian missionaries worked in the British colony of Victoria, Australia, this book enriches understanding of colonial politics and the role of the non-British other in manipulating practice and policy in foreign realms. Central to the transnational nature of the book are questions of identity and of how individuals, and the organisations they worked for, can be seen as both colluders and opposers within nation-state borders and politics. It analyses the ways in which the Moravian missionaries navigated competing agendas within the colonial setting, especially those that impacted on their sense of personal vocation, their practices of conversion, and their understandings of the indigenous non-Christian peoples in the settler society of Victoria.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gods Lot Moravians and Missions
15
The most Wretched and Bleakest Moravian Desire to Work Amongst the Australian Aborigines
41
ein fauler Fleck Lake Boga a Putrid Stain
71
I is done no more the First Converts
113
alles geht seinen schleppenden Gang Expansion Movement and Sluggish Progress
153
Chapter Six Every Triumphant Death Closure in a British Colony
185
Conclusion
227
Appendices
233
Bibliography
247
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Felicity Jensz, Ph.D. (2007), University of Melbourne, is an Honorary Fellow in History of the same university and Research Fellow at the Exzellenzcluster: Religion und Politik, M nster Universit t. She has published widely on Moravian missionaries in the nineteenth century.

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