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Providence and the Raj
Imperial Mission and Missionary Imperialism

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September 1998 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The interconnection between British Christianity and British imperialism in India is a widely acknowledged historical fact. Despite this, there are few books which study this phenomenon. Informed by an essentially Gramscian analysis of colonial discourse, this pioneering book identifies fundamental `religious' and ideological commonalities that linked British policies in the domestic and imperial arenas and throws fresh light on the construction and collapse of the Raj.
 
PART ONE: CHRISTIAN STATE AND CHRISTIAN EMPIRE
 
Introduction
 
Religion and Politics after the Great War
 
Gandhi and the Christian Imperialists
 
PART TWO: THE SENSE OF PROVIDENCE
 
Masks of Conquest
Political Elite and Christian College in the Madras Presidency

 
 
Masks of Persuasion
The Uses of Literature and the Politics of Providence

 
 
Imperial Miniature
 
Gandhi, Ruskin and the Christian Imperialists
 
PART THREE: AGENTS OF PROVIDENCE
 
The Intense Beliefs of Lionel George Curtis
 
Political Science and Political Theology
Lionel Curtis, Federalism and India

 
 
The Christian Imperialism of the Die-Hard Defenders of the Raj
 
Christianity, Statecraft and Chatham House
Lionel Curtis and World Order

 
 
PART FOUR: PROVIDENCE AND OTHER NARRATIVES
 
Epilogue
Community, Belief and Political Economy

 

`This is a fine book which will repay the close reading that the intensity of its text demands' - The Round Table

`Providence and the Raj is a refreshing and very welcome contribution to the historical literature on British imperialism' - Diplomacy & Statecraft


". . . pioneering, illuminating, exciting, and challenging. It brims with ideas and insights." 

Alex May
University of Oxford

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