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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages421
ISBN (Electronic)9780511921650
ISBN (Print)9781107613027
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • religion
  • empire
  • imperialism
  • colonalism
  • British World


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