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This book introduces the reader to emerging research in the broad field of 'imperial migration' and shows how this 'new' migration scholarship had developed our understanding of the British World. This is done through an analysis of some of former colonies of British Empire such as Australia, Canada, India and Zambia. The book focuses on the ideas of Reverend Thomas Malthus of how population movements presaged forces within sectors of a pre-industrial economy. The formation of national and imperial identities along racial lines in the mid-nineteenth century is covered by an analysis of the mid-nineteenth century British censuses. The clergy played a pivotal role in the importation and diffusion of a sense of British identity (and morality) to Australian churchgoers. The resistance and accommodation of Welsh Presbyterianism in Eastern Bengal is investigated through the varieties of engagement with Indian Christians and non-Christians. The book argues that Asian migration and the perceived threat it posed to the settler colonies was an issue which could unite these seemingly incongruent elements of the British World. Child migration has become a very sensitive and politically charged issue, and the book examines one of the lesser studied child migration agencies, the Middlemore Children's Emigration Homes. The book also deals with the cultural cross-currents in the construction of an Anglo-Canadian or 'Britannic' national identity. The white settlers' decisions to stay on after independence was granted to Zambia are instructive as it fills an important gap in our understanding of Africa's colonial legacy.

Welsh Presbyterianism in Sylhet, Eastern Bengal, 1860–1940
Aled Jones

or so years in the then small town of Sylhet in north-east Bengal, now Bangladesh. Sylhet occupies a particularly important place in the modern history of Wales since it was there and in neighbouring Assam that the largest concentration of Welsh Presbyterian missionaries were dispatched to Christianise Indians in a peculiarly Welsh form of Presbyterianism from 1840 to the mid-1960s. 10 In the process, the people and terrain of

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world
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Andrew J. May

account of the life of Thomas Jones, written in Khasi by the Reverend S.S. Majaw, celebrates Jones as father of the Khasi alphabet, founder of Khasi literature, pioneer of the Welsh Presbyterian mission, and ‘u Lok jong kiba jynjar trah’ (a friend of the underdogs). 24 Around 37 per cent of Meghalayans speak Khasi – a language long proliferated in newspapers, literature, grammars, and

in Welsh missionaries and British imperialism
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Michael D. Leigh

. Originally the Lushais had been converted by Welsh Presbyterians and the Khongsais by Baptist missionaries. 62 Both groups had now joined the Methodist Church en masse. Reed claimed ‘no credit’ for this phenomenon. The Synod Report for 1956 explained that Lushais had come ‘down from the hills in their thousands’ and as a result church membership had increased tenfold. 63 Childe was delighted. It provided him with ammunition to use against his critics in the Eastern Committee. ‘There is something very thrilling about

in Conflict, politics and proselytism
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Mapping the contours of the British World
Kent Fedorowich and Andrew S. Thompson

would-be migrants 106 – but they themselves became part of the migratory process to meet the pastoral demands of burgeoning colonial flocks throughout the southern British World. Aled Jones’s chapter on the resistance and accommodation of Welsh Presbyterianism in Eastern Bengal investigates the varieties of engagement with Indian Christians and non-Christians between 1860 and

in Empire, migration and identity in the British world