Protestant Missionaries in China

Protestant Missionaries in China

  • Robert Morrison and Early Sinology

  • by Jonathan A. Seitz

  • 246 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 , 6 b&w illustrations

  • Hardcover | 9780268208042 | March 2024

  • eBook (EPUB) | 9780268208028 | March 2024

  • eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268208059 | March 2024

  • Liu Institute Series in Chinese Christianities


With a focus on Robert Morrison, Protestant Missionaries in China evaluates the role of nineteenth-century British missionaries in the early development of the cross-cultural relationship between China and the English-speaking world.

As one of the first generation of British Protestant missionaries, Robert Morrison went to China in 1807 with the goal of evangelizing the country. His mission pushed him into deeper engagement with Chinese language and culture, and the exchange flowed both ways as Morrison—a working-class man whose firsthand experiences made him an “accidental expert”—brought depictions of China back to eager British audiences. Author Jonathan A. Seitz proposes that, despite the limitations imposed by the orientalism impulse of the era, Morrison and his fellow missionaries were instrumental in creating a new map of cross-cultural engagement that would evolve, ultimately, into modern sinology.

Engaging and well researched, Protestant Missionaries in China explores the impact of Morrison and his contemporaries on early sinology, mission work, and Chinese Christianity during the three decades before the start of the Opium Wars.