By Stephen C. Volz
African academics at the Colonial Frontier is an exploration of the profound social and private alterations that followed the growth of ecu impact within the inside of southern Africa throughout the 19th century, targeting the position performed by way of Tswana Christian evangelists. Drawing on a variety of resources and finding African converts instead of ecu missionaries on the heart of the tale, this e-book presents new insights into the advance of African-European family members and the influence of colonization. even though Christian missions performed a big position in eu enlargement, this ebook finds that in a lot of the 19th century, Europeans had little keep an eye on over a number of the ways in which Africans interpreted, assimilated, and propagated Christianity, and the way Christianity obtained meanings opposite to its presumed position as a car for eu imperialism. Africans linked Christianity with Europeans, however the implications of that organization replaced as family members among Africans and Europeans replaced. extra influential was once the organization of Christianity with convinced contributors or households and their employment of Christianity as a component of politico-religious authority. Africans reworked Christianity as they have been themselves remodeled through it, and their efforts have been often encouraged by way of very own or neighborhood matters, frequently regardless of - instead of due to - Christianity’s organization with foreigners.
Given its huge chronological scope and obtainable prose, this publication may be priceless to undergraduate scholars learning the heritage of Africa, faith, or colonialism. The book’s certain references to precise humans and locations in southern Africa additionally make it of curiosity to scholars and different readers living in that quarter with an curiosity within the historical past in their church buildings or specific groups.
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Two theses are D. Veysie, ―The Wesleyan Methodist Church in the Transvaal, 1823–1902‖ (1969) and E. P. Lekhela, ―The Origin, Development and Role of Missionary Teacher-Training Institutions for the Africans of the North-Western Cape‖ (1970). Detailed studies of specific individuals include H. Bammann, Tshimologo ya Efangele mo Bakweneng ba Mogopa ka David Mokgatle (1991) and U. van der Heyden, Martinus Sewushan: Nationalhelfer, Missionar und Widersacher der Berliner Missionsgesellschaft im Süden Afrikas (2004).
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Missions, States, and European Expansion in Africa (2007), 11–34. 16. Two of three planned volumes have thus far been published, subtitled Christianity, Colonialism and Consciousness in South Africa, vol. 1 (1991) and The Dialectics of Modernity on a South African Frontier, vol. 2 (1997). 17. See for example the reviews of the Comaroffs’ work by C. Crais, L. de Kock and J. du Bruyn in South African Historical Journal, 31 (1994); P. Landau, ―Hegemony and History in Jean and John Comaroff’s Of Revelation and Revolution‖, Africa, 70, 3 (2000) 501– 19; and E.
African Teachers on the Colonial Frontier: Tswana Evangelists and Their Communities During the Nineteenth Century by Stephen C. Volz