The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission

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Vernon Art and Science Incorporated, Dec 15, 2020 - Missions, Canadian - 280 pages

"臺勢教會 The Taiwanese Making of the Canada Presbyterian Mission" explores the Canadian Presbyterian Mission to Northern Taiwan, 1872-1915. The Canada Presbyterian Mission has often been portrayed as one of the nineteenth- century's most successful missions, and its founder, George Leslie Mackay, has been called the most successful Protestant Missionary of all time. Mark Dodge challenges the heroic narrative by exploring the motives and actions of the Taiwanese actors who supported and established the mission. Religious leaders, teachers, doctors, and businessmen from Northern Taiwan collaborated to build a strong and vital mission, whose phenomenal success brought fame and status to Mackay and their cause. In turn, this status provided a protective space in which these Taiwanese patrons were able to exert significant economic and political autonomy in spite of pressures from competing colonial interests.

This book will be of particular interest to students and historians of nineteenth-century East Asia as well as scholars of comparative colonialism, with a focus on missionary history and cultural colonialism.


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About the author (2020)

Mark A. Dodge grew up in a small New England fishing village. He studied history and education at the University of New Hampshire, and has been a teacher of history in Buffalo, NY for twenty years. He holds a PhD in History from SUNY Buffalo. His research focuses on cultural interactions in colonial spaces.

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