Civilizing Mission and the English Middle Class,1792-1857

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This book concerns the missionary philanthropic movement which burst onto the social scene in early nineteenth century in England, becoming a popular provincial movement which sought no less than national and global reformation. It central concerns are: the significance of the civilizing mission for the English middle class, from the domestic lives of individual families, through local and regional networks, to high political campaigns; the relationships between missionary men and women, and the importance of ...

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Overview

This book concerns the missionary philanthropic movement which burst onto the social scene in early nineteenth century in England, becoming a popular provincial movement which sought no less than national and global reformation. It central concerns are: the significance of the civilizing mission for the English middle class, from the domestic lives of individual families, through local and regional networks, to high political campaigns; the relationships between missionary men and women, and the importance of "domestic reform" within the movement; and the relationship between missions at home and overseas and their significance for changing understandings of class and cultural difference.

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"[Twells] has contributed to a significant area of scholarship with this fine study that substantially extends our knowledge of the complex interrelated issues of the English metropole and imperial periphery. She has moved the debate in fruitful directions with a fresh and compelling narrative." —Patricia Grimshaw, University of Melbourbane
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403920409
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Twells is a Lecturer in Social and Cultural History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction The Missionary Movement, the Local and the Global 1

1 'One Blood': The 'Heathen' at Home and Overseas in Late-Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth-Century Missions 25

2 Charity Begun at Home: Missionary Philanthropy and the New Middle Class in Sheffield 52

3 Missionary Domesticity and 'Woman's Sphere': The Reads of Wincobank Hall 83

4 'Bringing about the World's Restoration': Missionary Women and the Creation of a Global Christian Community 115

5 Trembling Philanthropists? Missionary Philanthropy under Pressure 144

6 'A Christian and Civilized Land': The English Missionary Public and the South Pacific 178

Conclusions 211

Notes 220

Bibliography 292

Index 338

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