Global Protestant Missions: Politics, Reform, and Communication, 1730s-1930s, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Global Protestant Missions

Politics, Reform, and Communication, 1730s-1930s, 1st Edition

Edited by Jenna M. Gibbs


262 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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The book investigates facets of global Protestantism through Anglican, Quaker, Episcopalian, Moravian, Lutheran Pietist, and Pentecostal missions to enslaved and indigenous peoples and political reform endeavours in a global purview that spans the 1730s to the 1930s. The book uses key examples to trace both the local and the global impacts of this multi-denominational Christian movement.

The essays in this volume explore three of the critical ways in which Protestant communities were established and became part of a worldwide network: the founding of far-flung missions in which Western missionaries worked alongside enslaved and indigenous converts; the interface between Protestant outreach and political reform endeavours such as abolitionism; and the establishment of a global epistolary through print communication networks.

Demonstrating how Protestantism came to be both global and ecumenical, this book will be a key resource for scholars of religious history, religion and politics, and missiology as well as those interested in issues of postcolonialism and imperialism.


‘This book’s unique approach and breadth of scholarship will make it a major contribution to our understandings of international, global, and chronological perspectives involving Protestant missions, concepts of race, and modernity.’ – Aaron Fogleman, Presidential Research Professor, Northern Illinois University, USA

Table of Contents


Jenna M. Gibbs


Part I: Atlantic Missions to Enslaved and Indigenous Peoples

1 "A Christian Splendour from an Ethnick Sky": The Church of England and the Mohawks in the Eighteenth Century

Travis Glasson

2 Missions, Slavery, and the Quaker Culture of Activism

Sünne Juterczenka

3 Christian Latrobe, "Liberty of Conscience," and Slavery in the West Indies and the Western Cape, 1780s-1830s

Jenna M. Gibbs

4 "A Bulwark of Slavery?": The Moravian Mission and the Abolition of Slavery in their Mission to the Danish West Indies

Jan Hȕsgen


Part II: Nationalist, Imperialist, and Reform Politics.

5 Double Consciousness and Missionary Work: James Theodore Holly and the Establishment of the Episcopalian Church of Haiti

Felix Jean-Louis

6The Forgotten Apostle: Edward Kenney, Cuban Nationalism, and the Episcopalian Church in Nineteenth-century Cuba

Leonardo Falcón

7 Commerce, Christianity, and Colonial Philanthropy: George Thompson and the Global Networks of the British India Society, 1838-1843

Andrea Major


Part III: Global Communications, Print, and Modernity.

8 Organizing Global Communication among Moravians during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Gisela Mettele

9 Entangled Mission: Bruno Gutmann, Chagga Rituals, and Christianity, 1890-1930

Karolin Wetjen

10 The Pneuma News: Transcontinental Press Networks and the Construction of Modern Pentecostal Identity in the Twentieth Century

Lindsey Maxwell

About the Editor

Jenna M. Gibbs is Associate Professor of History at Florida International University, USA. She is the author of Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theater, and Popular Culture in London and Philadelphia (2014) and The Global Latrobe Family: Evangelicalism, Slavery, and Empire, 1750s-1850s (forthcoming). During the academic year of 2018-2019 she will be a fellow-in-residence at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.

About the Series

Studies in World Christianity and Interreligious Relations

The aim of this series is to publish scholarly works of high merit on relations between believers of various streams of Christianity, as well as relations between believers of Christianity and other religions. We welcome studies from all disciplines, including multi- and interdisciplinary studies, which focus on intra- and inter-religious relations and are non-denominational.

Editorial Board

Francis Clooney (Cambridge, USA)
Fatimah Husein (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Diego Irarrazaval (Santiago, Chile)
Robert Schreiter (Chicago, USA)
Abdulkader Tayob (Cape Town, South Africa)
Anya Topolski (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christianity / History
RELIGION / Institutions & Organizations
RELIGION / Christianity / Protestant
RELIGION / Christianity / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict