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The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume III: 1878–1914

By Charles Pelham Groves

The Planting of Christianity in Africa

The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume III: 1878–1914

By Charles Pelham Groves

Volume III of a comprehensive narrative history of the various attempts to plant and develop Christianity in Africa from early times to the 20th century.

Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
Trade Information: JPOD
Available as: Hardback, Paperback

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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780227170823

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 332pp

Published: February 2003


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227170816

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 328pp

Published: February 2003


A great four-volume history presenting in comprehensive perspective, within the limits of a single narrative, the various attempts to plant and develop Christianity in Africa. The method of presentation is chronological rather than regional, taking the whole story forward stage by stage rather than dealing completely with one region at a time. As Groves shows in his continental survey, Christianity is now in the midst of its third great attempt to occupy Africa.

Volume III (1878–1914) continues the account of the European penetration into Africa and describes the effect of the 'scramble for Africa' on the work of the various Christian missions and the growth of the Christian Churches.

Prefatory Note

Part I: Political Kalaidoscope: 1878–1896
1. Staking Europe's Claims
2. Repercussions on Missions: (A) In German Colonies
3. Repercussions on Missions: (B) In French and British Spheres
4. Movement into Central Africa
5. Progress and Problems on the Perimeter

Part II: Under the New Order: 1896–1914
6. Acceleration of Advance
7. Obstacles and Delays
8. The Day of Promise


Dr Charles Pelham Groves was Professor of Missions at the Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. He served in Eastern Nigeria as a missionary for thirteen years and was President of the Society for African Church History.