n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Converting Colonialism : Visions and realities in mission history, 1706-1914, D.L. Robert : book review

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This book represents another excellent contribution to the Studies in the History of Christian Missions series. The editor has sought to focus on an area that goes beyond earlier studies that concentrate on the relative roles of missionaries and local agents in timeworn generalisations by examining the experiences of missionaries in specific contexts alongside the needs and interests of early local agents. This provides a basis for a challenge to the missionaries' visions and a means of shaping these visions. The role of missionary visions in the development of colonialism and domination has given way to post-colonial critiques with the realisation that Christianity has become primarily a non-western faith.

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