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Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World But Changed America

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They sought to transform the world, and ended up transforming twentieth-century America

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad mad
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Hardcover, 408 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Princeton University Press
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Marilyn McEntyre
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As a daughter of missionaries, I grew up with stories about orphans in India, and was carefully taught to recognize the disturbing distance between privilege and poverty, and also to ponder God's mysterious ways. What I hadn't realized, in years of reflection on my parents' missionary experience, was the way in which the protestant missionary enterprise influenced American diplomacy, foreign policy, and attitudes toward what came to be called third world countries. One stereotype is that of the ...more
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Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America, David A. Hollinger argues that Protestant missionaries and their children returned from missions abroad and became important in American public life in the mid-twentieth century. Because these missionary-connected people were some of the few Americans who had extensive contact with these foreign societies, largely in Asia, they influence American military and government interactions with these various nations, ...more
Nils
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous account of the "boomerang" of influence that mainline Protestant missionaries and their children had on American public life, especially in the middle years of the twentieth century. It turns out these were often America's greatest "area experts" on regions outside of the North Atlantic, and were therefore crucial players in the rise of the post-war institutions designed to increase American knowledge of the world in the wake of WWII. More surprisingly, they turn out to have been a lar ...more
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As a person interested in missions, I really enjoyed reading this history as it covered a population (mainline Protestant) that I'm relatively unfamiliar with.
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