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Week 5 Conversions: Missionary Activity

Core Readings:

John Comaroff, ‘Images of Empire, Contests of Conscience: Models of Colonial Domination in South Africa’, in Cooper and Stoler, eds., Tensions of Empire, 163-97.

Catherine Hall, ‘William Knibb and the Constitution of the New Black Subject’, in Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern, eds., Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850 (1000(, pp. 303-324.

Andrew Porter, ‘ “Cultural Imperialism” and Protestant Missionary Enterprise, 1780-1914’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 25 (1997), 367-91.


Further Readings:

Jean Comaroff, ‘Missionaries and Mechanical Clocks: An Essay on Religion and History in South Africa’, Journal of Religion, 71 (1991), 1-17.

Saurabh Dube, ‘Paternalism and Freedom: The Evangelical Encounter in Colonial Chattisgarth, Central India’, Modern Asian Studies, 29 (1995), 171-201.

Catherine Hall, Civilising Subjects: Metropole and Colony in the English Imagination 1830-1867 (2003).

N.B. Musisi, ‘Morality or Identity: The Missionary Moral Agenda in Buganda, 1877-1945’, Journal of Religious History, 23 (1999), 51-74.

Andrew Porter, Religion versus Empire? British Protestant Missionaries and Overseas Expansion, 1700-1914 (2004).

F.R. Prochaska, ‘Little Vessels: Children in the Nineteenth-Century Missionary Movement’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 6 (1978).

John Stuart, ‘Scottish Missionaries and the End of Empire: The Case of Nyasaland’, Historical Research, 76 (2003), 411-30.

Alison Twells, ‘ “Happy English Children”: Class, Ethnicity and the Making of Missionary Women in the Early Twentieth Century’, Women’s Studies International Forum, 21 (1998), 235-45.