Politics and Christianity in Malawi, 1875-1940: The Impact of the Livingstonia Mission in the Northern Province

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African Books Collective, 2008 - Christianity - 376 pages
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First published in 1977 and now in its third edition, this book has been recognised as one of the most successful studies to be made of the impact of a Christian mission in Africa. Starting with a survey of the economy and society of Malawi in the mid ninetieth century, the book goes on to examine the home background to the Livingstonia Mission of the Free Church of Scotland and the influence of David Livingstone upon it. It then describes the failure of 'commerce and Christianity' around the south end of Lake Malawi and the subsequent positive response which the mission evoked among the people of Northern Malawi. African responses and the relationship between Christianity and politics dominate the second half of the book. Comprehensive reassessments are made of the origins of the Watch Tower movement; the growth of Christian independence and the character of interpolitical associations. This revised edition includes a new introduction, and up-dated bibliography, and some revised text.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
9
Preface to the Second Edition
10
Preface
19
Acknowledgements
23
Abbreviations
25
Terminology
26
Malawi in the Nineteenth Century
29
David Livingstone and the Origins of Livingstonia
47
The Overtoun Institution
171
Church and State 18911914
197
Presbyterian attitudes
216
The Origins of Independency
227
Church and School 19141940
265
The impact of war
266
The educational debate
277
The Christian community
288

Commerce and Christianity the Yao Experience
65
Missionary Penetration and African Responses 18781891 Kaningina and Bandawe The Pioneer Settlements
89
Livingstonia and the Blantyre atrocities
97
Mission Prospecting
103
the origins of a Christian revolution
106
Crisis in Ngoniland
119
the Maseko Ngoni and the Ngonde
135
Popular Christianity and the Making of a New Elite 18911914
147
The Politics of Privilege
303
Native associations
304
Independent churches
321
Local politics
334
Conclusion
342
Bibliography
345
Index
364
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