Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Colonialism, the political and economic rule by a foreign power of a people and their land, is essential for any accounting of the modern history of Christianity. Iberian nations colluded with the Catholic Church in their early campaigns of conquest and colonization, and the efforts of Protestant missionaries relied heavily on Europe’s imperial presence throughout the world. As a result, academic studies of the connection between Christian expansion and colonial exploitation are numerous, especially up to the latter half of the twentieth cen…

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Premawardhana, Devaka, “Colonialism”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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