Abstract

Early modern fundraising journeys were an important tool for the economic and religious survival of minorities, as well as for the creation of transnational ties of communication and support. This essay addresses a fundraising journey of the Bohemian Unity of Brethren from Poland to Great Britain in 1715/17. Focusing on the diary of the fundraiser Christian Sitkovius, it argues that this journey was crucial in providing a theological and communicative basis for later links between the Bohemian Brethren and Zinzendorf’s Moravian Church, as well as for the Moravians’ establishment in the British empire. The article offers important insights into contemporary practices of traveling and religious self-fashioning as well as into the relationship between religion and economy among Protestants in the early eighteenth century. It also adds new information about the early history of the Moravian Church in the Atlantic World.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2161-6310
Print ISSN
1933-6632
Pages
pp. 73-92
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-20
Open Access
No
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