This splendid work, linking together religious, political, and imperial topics, shows how evangelical Dissenters, and especially the London Missionary Society, influenced not only Great Britain but also the wider British Empire. --James J. Sack, University of Illinois at Chicago
The British Congregationalists in South Africa in the first half of the nineteenth century provide a shining example of missionary beneficence. They not only preached brotherhood, they practiced it: that they fought and won the franchise for black Africans is proof enough. --Richard Davis, Professor of History, Washington University in St. Louis
While it has long been a commonplace to emphasize how missionaries were agents of imperial exploitation, The British Zion compelling reveals the remarkable extent to which Congregationalists championed the rights of Africans and Jamaicans in direct defiance of the interests of British colonists. Michael A. Rutz has brilliantly teased out the connections between the theological and political concerns of evangelical Dissenters in Britain and their missionary efforts abroad. --Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
About the Author
Michael A. Rutz is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.