In this Book

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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The influx of Protestant missionaries from Britain to Japan, Korea and Taiwan was an integral part of the British presence in East Asia from 1865 to 1945. Ion draws on both British and Japanese sources to examine the life, work and attitudes of the British missionaries, women and men, who ventured far from their homeland to preach the gospel. He explores the role played by British Protestants as both Christian missionaries and informal ambassadors of their own country and civilization. Through their educational, social and medical work the missionaries helped introduce Western ideas and social pursuits which in turn affected different facets of society and culture in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The study illustrates how the British missionaries’ intent to introduce Christianity was affected by the response of the East Asians to Western ideas.

In describing the high drama of the British missionary movement’s pioneering days in the late nineteenth century to its persecution during the late 1930s, Ion casts light on a particular, yet important, aspect of the changing tides of Anglo-Japanese relations. This book will ably complement his previous study of Canadian missionaries in East Asia during the same period.

Chosen as one of the 15 outstanding books of 1993 for mission studies by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. viii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. CHAPTER ONE Beginnings of the British Missionary Movement in Japan and Taiwan
  2. pp. 8-27
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  1. CHAPTER TWO The First Years
  2. pp. 28-58
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  1. CHAPTER THREE Growing Missions in Japan,Taiwan, and Korea
  2. pp. 59-88
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR British Missionary Life in the Japanese Empire
  2. pp. 89-116
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE Evangelism in the New Century
  2. pp. 117-149
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  1. CHAPTER SIX Educational and Medical Work
  2. pp. 150-184
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN Democracy and Imperialism
  2. pp. 185-207
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT Toward the Pacific War
  2. pp. 208-250
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  1. CHAPTER NINE Through the Fire of War
  2. pp. 251-256
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 257-265
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 266-301
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 302-317
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 318-324
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