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Christian ImperialismConverting the World in the Early American Republic$
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Emily Conroy-Krutz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453533

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453533.001.0001

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Christian Imperialism and American Foreign Missions

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Christian Imperialism

Emily Conroy-Krutz

Cornell University Press

This book examines the progress that Protestant missionaries had made around the world in the years before the U.S.–Mexican War. It discusses the efforts of American foreign missionaries to convert the world to God's kingdom and to make American Christians aware of the world outside of their own country. It considers the role played by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, founded in 1810, in these efforts. It also explores Christian imperialism as the ideal of American missionaries and their supporters in the United States, and situates it within the concept of civilization. Finally, it evaluates American missionaries in a range of imperial contexts as they sought to determine how the American foreign mission movement should relate to political institutions in general and to empire in particular.

Keywords:   empire, American missionaries, American Christians, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Christian imperialism, United States, civilization, mission movement, political institutions

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