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

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 6, 2011 - History
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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.

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Part II Colonial missionary societies
Part III Colonial clergy
Part IV Promised lands

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About the author (2011)

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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