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Prologue: An American Missionary in LondonIntroduction: Christian Imperialism and American Foreign Missions1. Hierarchies of Heathenism2. Missions on the British Model3. Mission Schools and the Meaning of Conversion4. Missions as Settler Colonies5. American Politics and the Cherokee Mission6. Missionaries and Colonies7. A "Christian Colony" in SingaporeConclusion: Missions and American ImperialismNotes
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Emily Conroy-Krutz is Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University.

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"Conroy-Krutz has several objectives, all of which interweave to produce a compelling overall analysis about America's place in the world and how religion helped to shape it.... Conroy-Krutz's most important scholarly intervention is her typology of imperialism and her deft discussion of the ways in which different types of empire, not just American, intersected but also competed with one another.... Christian Imperialism is a superb addition to the burgeoning subfield of work that uncovers the religious aspects of America's engagement with the wider world."

* Church History *

"Wisely, the author of this book follows the suggestion of Paul Kramer 'to use imperialism as a tool of analysis... something to think with more than think about.' She sees Christian imperialism 'as a vision and not a reality' (10)."

-- Martin E. Marty, University of Chicago * The Historian *

"Emily Conroy-Krutz offers a transnational and implicitly comparative discussion of an aspect of Protestant triumphalism in nineteenth-century America.... Christian imperialism offers a fresh and compelling slant on the politics of missionary activity. Joel Barlow was wrong: the early American republic did have the character of a Christian nation."

* Journal of Ecclesiastical History *

"By focusing on the efforts of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), the largest missionary organization of the antebellum era, Conroy-Krutz shows how debates about religion and race in the United States were thoroughly shaped by conceptions of "heathens" abroad. Christian Imperialism's extensive use of ABCFM internal sources allows the missionaries to emerge as three-dimensional, complicated people. Taking the mutually constitutive natures of religion and race for granted, [Conroy-Krutz reframes] the parameters of "American religious history." [This book makes] a convincing case that American studies scholars must take religion seriously as an integral part of racial formation and an engine of historical change.""

* American Quarterly *

"In 1810 four young evangelical Christian men at Andover Theological Seminary made the decision to dedicate their lives to missionary work and petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to form a missionary society, the lofty American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). In 1812, the first group of young men and their wives set out to convert the world to Christianity, launching what would become the largest missionary organization in the UnitedStates. This story has been well told within the burgeoning subspecialty of American missionary history.... Conroy-Krutz's contribution to this history is an innovative approach to understanding the first thirty years (1812-1846). Rather than focusingon the institution's internal history or missionary theology, she relocates it as a study in imperialisms: the Christian imperialism to convert the world in tandem with the British and American political imperialisms to which missionaries attached themselves in choosing.... Christian Imperialism adds a new perspective to the history of the American Board."

-- Roberta Wollons * New England Quarterly *

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