This book examines the history of the Anglican Diocese of Mashonaland/Southern Rhodesia (virtually co-extensive with modern Zimbabwe) in the period 1890-1925, when its institutions took shape and its religious character was formed. While work among indigenous communities is outlined, the primary subject is the church’s work with white settlers. A fresh general narrative is provided and an examination of clergy recruitment and finance relates events in Mashonaland to developments in global Anglicanism. Among the questions addressed are those of religion and empire, church and state and the complexities of relationship between the Church of England and her overseas extensions, particularly those covering areas of white settlement. Local developments in religious practice are also explored: most striking of these was the settler apprehension of the vast landscapes of South-Central Africa as a
locus of the sacred and their custom of veld burial.
Pamela Welch, Ph.D. (2005) in History, King’s College, London is now resident in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is currently publishing articles on aspects of colonial Christianity in the
Journal of Religious History and the
Journal of Religion in Africa.
All those interested in the history of religion, especially Christianity; spirituality of the land; the British Empire; and the development of settler societies, in particular those of Southern and Central Africa.