The Rev. James Long was one of the most remarkable Protestant missionaries working in India in the nineteenth century. Sent to Calcutta at the age of 22 in 1840, he devoted his life to representing what he passionately believed were the best interests of the forgotten poor and oppressed among the Bengali population. Long was a central figure in the indigo planting controversy of 1861 and suffered imprisonment as a result. His memory is revered even today in modern India, where his contribution to the development of Bengali vernacular education, literature, history, and sociology is highly regarded. Dr Oddie has produced the first full-length biography of Rev Long, examining his work and activities in the context of his own background, philosophy and motivation as well as the political and cultural climate of the day. This book will add significantly to our knowledge of social movements in nineteenth century India and the colonial responses to them.
'A most valuable and welcome study of one of the most notable, if unconventional, missionaries in 19th-century India. A book which will be of value to anyone interested in the history of missions as well as in Indian social and cultural history.' - Michael Lard, Asian Affairs
'Oddie has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the role of religion in colonial South Asia, and this book is an illustrious addition to that corpus. It is to be highly recommended for filling an important gap in the literature.' - Society for Hindu-Christian Studies