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Slavery, Abolitionism and Empire in India, 1772-1843$
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Andrea Major

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317583

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317255

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Introduction: Evangelical Connections

Introduction: Evangelical Connections

(p.233) Introduction: Evangelical Connections
Slavery, Abolitionism and Empire in India, 1772-1843
Liverpool University Press

In the late-eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, an enthusiastic, popularist, and proselytising form of evangelical Christianity emerged that emphasised the importance of conversion. Evangelisation encompassed not only the missionary movement and the spread of Sunday schools, but also the abolitionist crusade, as well as the distribution of religious tracts and campaigns aimed at improving public morality and at uplifting and Christianising the working poor. This wider evangelical awakening mobilised both aristocratic patronage and popular enthusiasm in support of its causes. This section examines metropolitan debates on slavery and social reform in colonial India, and explores how ideas about Indian slavery functioned within wider evangelical debates spanning various territories of the British empire. In particular, it discusses the intellectual, ideological, and strategic factors that informed evangelical attitudes to Indian society and labour in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Keywords:   Britain, evangelisation, slavery, India, social reform, society, labour, Christianity, abolitionist crusade, missionary movement

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