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years after David Livingstone’s death it became the powerful myth underpinning the outburst of missionary enterprise in Africa, embracing all denominations, but perhaps particularly associated with Scottish missions, prominently in Nyasaland/Malawi. 2 Livingstone’s congregationalism and his openness to a diversity of Christian churches ensured that his heroic leadership was

in Scotland, empire and decolonisation in the twentieth century
The letter and the gift

and authority. Moral and worldly economies: the transvaluation of objects Jones had been critical of Lish’s material generosity, but he soon learned that gift-giving was essential to missionary success. The missionaries periodically wrote to Roberts for schoolroom supplies in the form of paper, copybooks, writing slates, pencils, a pair of

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism

internment in 1940, again mirroring developments in Britain. 17 Meanings The history of the Germans in India from the early nineteenth until the early twentieth century, which the missionaries and the organisations for which they worked in particular helped to preserve, has allowed the construction of a narrative tracing their journeys, everyday experiences, identities and relations

in The Germans in India
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The return migration of the Fellowship of the Maple Leaf

– with deep admiration for the homesteaders from England and other European countries.’ 53 Such appreciation, however, did not necessarily lead to a reconsideration of British identity or an analysis of racial assumptions. The passage of time did change the Church of England missionary circuit between Britain and western Canada. The UK emerged from the Second World War burdened by debt and destruction while Canada prospered. The western Canadian dioceses of the Church of England assumed self-support or turned primarily

in Emigrant homecomings
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, seen from a steamer sailing up from Sylhet, had now stripped the country to bare white sandstone. The geography of the region was irrevocably altered in an instant, like the changing of a theatre set. After the earthquake, the missionaries near Shillong noticed that a much longer stretch of road was visible on the route leading from Mawphlang to Mairang as it rounded distant spurs. The tombs of the missionaries and

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism

’s first messenger to the heathen?’ 1 Morris devotes less than two evasive pages of his history to Thomas Jones’s fall. Of most concern was the knowledge that Jones had died in a state of grace with the hope of personal salvation. David Ewart had taken the sick missionary into his Calcutta house, and over a period of some days had nursed his illness and witnessed his passing. In a

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
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Although the medical treatment provided by the early missionaries was rudimentary – for none had medical qualifications – it nevertheless proved popular. Writing from Kherwara in 1886, Litchfield stated that on average, four to five hundred sick Bhils came each month for medical treatment, some from a long distance, ‘though the present dispensary and consulting-room is

in Missionaries and their medicine
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Medicine, mobility and the empire

relating to Western medicine in the region enable this study to focus in a thematic way on networks and mobility, and to explore the broader connections that tied Nyasaland to Southern Africa and the imperial world. Explorers, missionaries, hunters and adventurers provided the early written accounts of encounters before the Malawi region was formally colonised in the early 1890s. British officials and

in Medicine, mobility and the empire

We saw in the last chapter how European women missionaries, interacting with female students inside schools and in zenanas, were among the most active in the colonial ‘civilising mission’. 1 This kind of close inter-racial interaction was rarely to be found among memsahibs or the wives of British colonial administrators. 2 However, one

in Gendered transactions
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impositions of British hegemony as exerted over the Khasis were in their very nature fundamentally inimical to native welfare, rights, identity, self-determination and sovereignty. British power was achieved through promulgation of its language and its bureaucracies, and the Khasis were co-opted into serving British interests rather than their own. As Jones attested, the everyday equilibrium of this

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism