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Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic

Emily Conroy-Krutz


In 1812, eight American missionaries, under the direction of the recently formed American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, sailed from the United States to South Asia. The reason for the voyage was to take part in the Protestant conversion of the entire world. Over the next several decades, these men and women were joined by hundreds more American missionaries at stations all over the globe. This book shows the surprising extent of the early missionary impulse and demonstrates that American evangelical Protestants of the early nineteenth century were motivated by Christian imperial ... More

Keywords: conversion, American missionaries, civilization, South Asia, Christian imperialism, Christianity, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Protestants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453533
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Conroy-Krutz, author
Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University