Conflict, Politics and Proselytism

Methodist missionaries in colonial and postcolonial Burma, 1887-1966

By Michael D. Leigh

Conflict, Politics and Proselytism

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8536-9
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2011
  • BIC Category: Modern History, History, Colonialism & imperialism, Asian history, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / Asian history
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


This book is a study of the ambitions, activities and achievements of Methodist missionaries in northern Burma from 1887-1966 and the expulsion of the last missionaries by Ne Win. The story is told through painstaking original research in archives which contain thousands of hitherto unpublished documents and eyewitness accounts meticulously recorded by the Methodist missionaries.

This accessible study constitutes a significant contribution to a very little-known area of missionary history. Leigh pulls together the themes of conflict, politics and proselytisation in to a fascinating study of great breadth. The historical nuances of the relationship between religion and governance in Burma are traced in an accessible style. This book will appeal to those teaching or studying colonial and postcolonial history, Burmese politics, and the history of missionary work.


General Editor's introduction
List of abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Missionaries
3. Politics
4. Social Issues
5. Religion
6. Schools
7. Evacuation and Exile
8. Japanese occupation
9. National Traumas
10. Mission Politics
11. Final Act
12. Retrospect


Michael D. Leigh is a Postdoctoral Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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