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“The Conversion of Englishmen and the Conversion of the World Inseparable”

Susan Thorne

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0007
“The Conversion of Englishmen and the Conversion of the World Inseparable”

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This chapter focuses on the evangelical and missionary association of the heathen classes at home with the heathen races that populated Britain's colonial empire at the turn of the nineteenth century, investigating when and why evangelical ministers began to view the laboring poor as comparable to the Empire's heathen races. It also examines what the heathens abroad and heathens at home have in common in the minds of contemporary evangelicals.

Keywords: heathen classes; heathen races; evangelical ministers; Britain; colonial empire; laboring poor

Chapter.  11795 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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