At Christmas 1936, Presbyterian children in New Zealand raised over £400 for an x-ray machine in a south Chinese missionary hospital. From the early 1800s, thousands of children in the British world had engaged in similar activities, raising significant amounts of money to support missionary projects world-wide. But was money the most important thing? Hugh Morrison argues that children’s education was a more important motive and outcome. This is the first book-length attempt to bring together evidence from across a range of British contexts. In particular it focuses on children’s literature, the impact of imperialism and nationalism, and the role of emotions.
Hugh Morrison, Ph.D. (2005), Massey University, New Zealand, is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has published a range of articles, chapters, edited books and a monograph focused on missions and children’s religious history.
Protestant Children, Missions and Education in the British World Hugh Morrison Abstract
Part 1. Introduction
Part 2. Children’s Missionary Support – The Educational Imperative
Part 3. Children’s Missionary Periodicals and Pedagogy
Part 4. Children, Missions and Citizenship
Part 5. Children, Missions and the ‘Emotional Turn’
Part 6. Conclusion
Tertiary teachers and post-graduate students; universities and theological colleges, academic libraries, independent scholars and practitioners (religious educators, missionaries). Subject areas: histories of religion, childhood, education, empire, emotions.