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Politics, Missions, Conversions

Politics, Missions, Conversions Gerald Studdert-Kennedy The Attitudes of British Protestant Missionaries towards Nationalism in India: With Special Reference to Madras Presidency, 1919-1927 by Elizabeth Susan Alexander; Konark Press, Delhi, 1994; pp 123, Rs 145. Discoveries, Missionary Expansion and Asian Cultures edited by Teotonio R de Souza; Concept, Delhi, 1994; pp 215, Rs 300, THESE brief and unpretentious volumes are representative of a development in the literature on Christian missions in India away from a rather narrowly conceived 'church history' and towards a more detached and critical appraisal of institutions and projects of the churches in wider politic al perspective. It reflects a more self-conscious response to fundamental changes in the institutional and ideological structures of Christianity that have radically transformed its significance in the later 20th century, both as world religion and within south Asia specifically.

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