Origins Of The Anglo-American Missionary Enterprise In China, 1807-1840

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Rubinstein examines the efforts of the Protestant missionaries, representatives of evangelical mission societies in Great Britain and the United States, who sought to introduce Protestant Christianity to Canton, Guangdong Province, and the great empire that was the Qing-dominated China in the decades before the Opium War. He discusses the cultural and political background, the work of missionary pioneer Robert Morrison of the London Missionary, and follows the evolution of his mission work in Canton. The book concludes by showing how British and American missionaries joined forces to create a viable and influential Anglo-American missionary community in South China.

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Editorial Reviews

China Review International
The author is wonderful not only at recreating that time and place, but more importantly, at explaining the main themes in the history of Anglo-American evangelism...Rubinstein's obvious sympathy for the trials of his pioneers does not, fortunately, lead him to a new form of hagiography. He remains the objective scholar...a study that contributes not only to the new mission history but also to the history of Western religion...its very accessibility would make it an ideal text to bridge the solitude between these two fields.
Journal Of The History Of Christianity In Modern China
...he made extensive use of primary sources, including missionary archival documents and collections of papers (both manuscripts and published books). His notes and bibliography are thus especially servicable for those who are interested in doing original research in this area. He skillfully quotes much from missionary writings to give an original flavor of the times...His analysis is supported by an informative style...The merit of the book is clear. With the details in narrative and analysis, the book stands as a basic reading for those who want to understand how and why Protestant missionaries began their work in China before the Opium war.
Journal Of The Lutheran Society For Missiology
..comprehensive bibliography...a very well-written and readable book....thoroughly researched...balanced...a crucial and paradigmatic period...Rubinstein...has provided an important and inviting service by sharing it...
Archival materials and bibliography include a good range of periodicals and reports of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and will be of use to the serious student...the book will be a welcome addition to college and seminary libraries.
Examines how representatives of evangelical mission societies in Britain and the US sought to introduce Protestant Christianity to Canton, Guadngdong Province, and the Qing-dominated Chinese empire in the decades before the Opium War. Reviews the cultural and political background of the efforts, and focuses on Robert Morrison of the London Missionary and his work in Canton. Adds insight not only into missionary work in China but also the Anglo-American cooperation that led to closer theological and institutional ties. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810827707
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/5/1996
  • Series: ATLA Monographs Series, #33
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Murray A. Rubinstein, a member of the History Department at Baruch College/CUNY, studies Sino-American cultural/religious interaction and folk religion in Minnan (Fujian and Taiwan) China.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Introduction: The City of the Missionary 1
I Canton, the Canton System, and the Western Merchant Community 12
II Robert Morrison and the Roots of the Anglo-American Mission Enterprise in China, 1782-1807 44
III Robert Morrison in Canton, 1807-1819 75
IV Tragedy and Triumph, 1820-1827 165
V Forging the Anglo-American Evangelical Missionary Enterprise, 1820-1829 195
VI The Men of the American Board Mission: Questions of Background, 1800-1829 231
VII A Trans-Atlantic Mission Community Evolves in Canton, 1830-1834 282
VIII The Mission Community and the Coming of the Opium War, 1834-1840 318
Conclusion: A Graveyard in Macao on a Bright November Day 358
Sources: Archival Materials and Bibliography 365
Index 387
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