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The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume IV: 1914–54

By Charles Pelham Groves

The Planting of Christianity in Africa

The Planting of Christianity in Africa:

Volume IV: 1914–54

By Charles Pelham Groves

Volume IV 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: 9780227170847

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 396pp

Published: February 2003


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227170830

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 392pp

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 IV (1914–1954) surveys the period after the First World War in which startling and momentous changes took place, with upheavals in African society which have permanently affected the spread and influence of Christianity, and goes up to the era of decolonisation, which created an entirely new social and political background for the churches.


1. War Over Africa: (A) Effect on Missions
2. War Over Africa: (B) Impact on Africans
3. Advance in the New Africa
4. A Difficult Decade
5. The Emerging Church
6. Word War Once More
7. Postwar Survey
8. Problematic Outlook

Appendix: List of Bible Translations in African Languages
Corrigenda et Addenda – Vols I–III

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.