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 knowing of this increasing empire used to be influentially created and promulgated through the Church of britain because of its missionary engagement with those colonies, and its position in supplying church buildings for British settlers. Rowan powerful examines how that Anglican Christian knowing of the British Empire formed the identities either one of the folk dwelling 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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It is to embrace that more divided Anglican world of the mid-nineteenth century that the major Evangelical Anglican publication, The Missionary Register, the house journal of the CMS, has also been used as a nineteenth-century source in this research. However, for most of the period examined in this book the divide between Evangelical and High Church Anglicans in their engagement with empire had not yet grown into the chasm it was to become, so that both sources speak with a cohesiveness that may seem surprising to those who are more familiar with the High and Low Church war that raged in the later nineteenth century.
28 Armitage, Ideological Origins, 10. 29 Richard Drayton, ‘Knowledge and Empire’, in Marshall, Oxford History of the British Empire, vol. 2, 233–4. 20 Anglicans and Empire Jonathan Clark, in the second edition of his seminal English Society, has postulated that during the long eighteenth century England was a dynamic and successful ancien regime founded on monarchy, aristocratic and hierarchical social order, and religion, predominantly in the form of the established Church of England. 30 With regard to the empire, a domestically inXuential Anglicanism, therefore, formed one of the ties that bound together the transatlantic empire.
For Colley, Protestantism was one of the major factors contributing to an emerging British identity in the eighteenth century, along with war, patriotism, and a commercial empire. A common Protestantism united the formerly disparate and independent parts of Britain following the Act of Union between England and Scotland in 1707, Wnding expression in recurrent wars against Catholic France for imperial mastery, prompting the popular growth of a Protestant patriotism that maintained that Britain was particularly blessed by God.
Anglicanism and the British Empire, c.1700-1850 by Rowan Strong