Title page for ETD etd-09242007-122040

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marr, Joshua Thomas
URN etd-09242007-122040
Title Religion Beyond the Empire: British Religious Politics in China, 1842-1866
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Meredith Veldman Committee Chair
David F. Lindenfeld Committee Member
John B. Henderson Committee Member
  • Religious Politics
  • British Missionaries
  • British Empire
  • China
  • Taiping Rebellion
Date of Defense 2007-08-30
Availability unrestricted
Nineteenth-Century Britain was known for its political and military power – the British Empire – but also for its religious fervor. This religious spirit was prominent in England and throughout the British Empire, through the creation of Protestant mission organizations that sent missionaries throughout the world. China presented a unique mission field for early British

missionaries, as it was not a formal part of the British Empire and it had such a large population

of people who had never been exposed to Protestant Christianity. The years 1842 to 1866 were the formative period of the British Protestant mission in China. It was during this time that these missionaries first began the task of building the foundation for a Christian mission among the Chinese people. Examining the interactions between the Protestant missionaries and Catholic missionaries – who had been in China since the sixteenth century; interactions between the Protestant missionaries themselves; and between the Protestant missionaries and the Chinese people provides an important insight into the difficulties faced by this early British Protestant mission. These interactions are also important in setting the stage for future missionaries who arrived in China in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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