Titles in the Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism Series address the discursive constructions of religious dissent and the practices of radical movements in the early modern world. The series transcends traditional national and confessional historiographies to examine early modern religious culture as a dynamic system that was essential in forging complex identities and encouraging dialogue among them. The editors seek manuscripts that consider questions of dissent, radicalism, dissidence, libertinism, heresy, and heterodoxy, and examine these themes historically as socio-cultural constructions.
    Continental Europe was considered a missionary land—another periphery of the world, whose centre was imperial Britain. British missions to Europe were informed by religious experiments in America, Africa, and Asia, rendering these offensives against Europe a true form of “imaginary colonialism”. British Protestant missionaries often understood themselves to be at the forefront of a civilising project directed at Catholics (and sometimes even at other Protestants). Their mission was further reinforced by Britain becoming a land of compassionate refuge for European dissenters and exiles. This book engages with the myth of International Protestantism, questioning its early origins and its narrative of transnational belonging, while also interrogating Britain as an imagined Protestant land of hope and glory.
    In the history of western Christianities, “converting Europe” had a role that has not been adequately investigated. This is the story of the attempted, and ultimately failed, effort to convert a continent.
    Section I. Missionary Models
    1. ‘One World is not enough’: the ‘myth’ of Roman Catholicism as a ‘World Religion’
    Simon Ditchfield
    2. The Jesuits have shed much blood for Christ’: Early Modern Protestants and the Problem of Catholic Overseas Missions
    John Coffey
    Section II. The Origins of Global Protestantism
    3. (Re)making Ireland British: Conversion and Civility in a Neglected 1643 Treatise
    Joan Redmond
    4. Charting the ‘Progress of Truth’: Quaker Missions and the Topography of Dissent in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Europe
    Sünne Juterczenka
    5. The English and the Italian Bible
    Simone Maghenzani
    Section III. Missions and Church Unifications in the Age of the Enlightenment
    6. “True Catholic Unity”: The Church of England and the Project for Gallican Union, 1717-1719
    Catherine Arnold
    7. “Promoting the Common Interest of Christ” H.W. Ludolf’s ‘impartial’ Projects and the Beginnings of the SPCK
    Adelisa Malena
    8. Between Anti-popery and European Missions: The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and its Networks
    Sugiko Nishikawa
    Section IV. A British Missionary Land
    9. The Evangelical Transformation of British Protestantism for Mission
    David Bebbington
    10. The London Jews’ Society and the Roots of Premillenialism, 1809-1829
    Brent S. Sirota
    11. Missions on the Fringes of Europe: British Protestants and the Orthodox Churches, c. 1800-1850
    Gareth Atkins
    Section V. Making Propaganda, Making Nations
    12. Sermons in Stone: Architecture and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts within the Diocese of Gibraltar, c.1842-1882
    G. Alex Bremner
    13. The Land of Calvin and Voltaire: British Missionaries in Nineteenth-century Paris
    Michael Ledger-Lomas