'Pilgrims and Strangers: The China Inland Mission in Britain, Canada, The United States and China 1865-1900'

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Copy of a York University (Ontario) PhD thesis by Alvyn James Austin. the thesis takes the form of an institutional history of the CIM from its founding in 1865 to the Boxer uprising in 1900. The central argument is that the 'key to understanding the CIM [was] its abilty to adopt the national culture of each place so it appeared English in England, Canadian in Canada, and Chinese in China'. The thesis is divided in to three parts, looking at the work of three generations of missionaries (1832-1878; 1878-1988 and 1888-1901). The northwestern province of Shanxi is used as a case study throughout.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alvyn James Austin studied for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in History at York University, North York, Ontario in the mid 1990s. He went on to become Adjunct Professor of Asian history at Brock University and History Professor affiliated with York University.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Removed from main library collection during reorganisation of reading room in September 2011. Immediate source of acquisition unknown.

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