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This introductory chapter of the book The Making of Manhood among Swedish Missionaries in China and Mongolia, c.1890-c.1914 provides a brief overview of the book and its chapters. When Hudson Taylor issued his celebrated call for 1,000 new missionaries for China at the 1890 Shanghai Missionary Conference, the Evangelical world was well prepared to receive his message. The expansion of the European (and in years to come, American) empires had created fresh opportunities for Christian missions. The ideals and ethos fostered by Hudson Taylor's venture, resonated closely with strong currents within the international Evangelical milieu. This book consists of six chapters that oscillate between the microperspective of biographies to the macro perspective offered by social analysis and the contextual perspective offered by late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century religious history.

Keywords: biographies; Hudson Taylor; manhood; shanghai missionary conference; swedish mssionaries

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