An Anglican British world

The Church of England and the expansion of the settler empire, c. 1790-1860

By Joseph Hardwick

An Anglican British world

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8722-6
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: September 2014
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Anglican & Episcopalian Churches, Church Of England, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Modern History, Religion, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, European history, Colonialism & imperialism, RELIGION / Christianity / Anglican
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


This book looks at how that oft-maligned institution, the Anglican Church, coped with mass migration from Britain in the first half of the nineteenth century. The book details the great array of institutions, voluntary societies and inter-colonial networks that furnished the Church with the men and money that enabled it to sustain a common institutional structure and a common set of beliefs across a rapidly-expanding 'British world'. It also sheds light on how this institutional context contributed to the formation of colonial Churches with distinctive features and identities. One of the book's key aims is to show how the colonial Church should be of interest to more than just scholars and students of religious and Church history. The colonial Church was an institution that played a vital role in the formation of political publics and ethnic communities in a settler empire that was being remoulded by the advent of mass migration, democracy and the separation of Church and State.


'Joseph Hardwick's study of the imperial growth of a national church is an illuminating and important addition to nineteenth-century imperial and ecclesiastical historiography.'
Jacob M. Blosser, Texas Woman's University , Anglican and Episcopal History


Introduction: the Church of England, migration and the British world
1. The recruitment of colonial clergy, c.1790-1850
2. The making of the colonial laity
3. The Colonial Bishoprics' Fund and the contest of colonial Church reform
4. British support for overseas expansion
5. Imperial ecclesiastical networks
6. The Church, associations and ethnic and loyalist identities


Joseph Hardwick is Lecturer in British History at Northumbria University

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