Missionaries, Government, and the Growth of the British Empire in the Tropics, 1860-1885
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"We can be grateful to Dr. Darch for this admirably written and scholarly contribution to a growing literature of reassessment of the missionary contribution . . . I hope that this text will be widely studied by historians and missiologists alike."
-- Timothy Yates, Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, University of Durham, and Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral.
"John Darch's valuable book provides fresh insight into the hotly disputed topic of the missionary contribution to the growth of the British Empire and further evidence of how ambiguous this contribution actually was."
-- Brian Stanley is Professor of World Christianity and Director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
"Dr. John Darch's careful, scholarly, and wide-ranging study throws important and subtle light on the relationship of Protestant Victorian missionaries and British imperialism. By tracing the labyrinthine ambiguities of that relationship--from unconscious missionary support to conscious opposition--Dr. Darch provides not only a significant historical exploration but also a richer understanding of the complexities and challenges of cross-cultural mission."
--Peter Williams is a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral and Vicar of St. Martin de Gouray, Jersey
"John Darch's six detailed case studies of missionary activities on the 'imperial frontier in the tropics' during the years 1860-1885 add further insights into the ongoing debate about Christian missionary ties to imperial enterprises, demonstrating that while missionaries frequently embraced opportunities offered by British expansion overseas, such expansion was not deemed to be a necessary or always helpful prerequisite in their work of extending the gospel.'
-- Colin Eldridge is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Lampeter