By Rowan Strong
Among 1700 and 1850 the Church of britain was once the one of the strongest and influential spiritual, social, and political forces in Britain. This used to be additionally a momentous time for the British Empire, in which it constructed after which misplaced the North American colonies, prolonged into India, and settled the colonies of Australia and New Zealand. Public figuring out of this increasing empire was once influentially created and promulgated by means of the Church of britain on account of its missionary engagement with those colonies, and its function in supplying church buildings for British settlers. Rowan robust examines how that Anglican Christian figuring out of the British Empire formed the identities either one of the folks residing in British colonies in North the USA, Bengal, Australia, and New Zealand in this interval - together with colonists, indigenous peoples, and Negro slaves - and of the English in Britain.
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62 The ability to assimilate and modify change was present in colonial and indigenous cultures both before, during, and (presumably) after Western and missionary colonial contacts. But such contacts were not made with a monolithic or monochromatic Western culture in either its imperial or its missionary manifestations. While the ComaroVs explicitly draw attention to the internal cultural diversity of pre-colonized societies, they do not appear to be aware of the similar internal diVerences and diversity in the colonizing British society.
That they were certainly signiWcant in their own right as the public views of the accredited leaders of the Church of England at home or in the colonies during this period has already been argued. But do they have a wider importance, as promoting views shared by a wider group of Anglicans than just those in episcopal or clerical leadership? It is always diYcult to ascertain with any degree of certainty how far the views of any public speaker or reporter agree with those of his or her audience. However, that these speakers did share their outlook with 77 Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001), 4, 6–7.
Historical Interpretations 33 of which have been identiWed by scholars with regard to Protestantism and empire. The SPG protagonists pushed these further in the service of a particularly Anglican understanding of what God and their country required of the established church in this imperial endeavour. A British Protestantism, as posited by Colley, may have been too diverse and internally oppositional to provide a common factor for British national identity. However, an Anglican construction of imperial identity was on oVer for some British Protestants, from 1701, through the publications of the SPG.
Anglicanism and the British Empire, c.1700-1850 by Rowan Strong