Basil Davidson, 7 September 1995
Show More The Church in Africa, 1450-1950 by Adrian Hastings.
Oxford, 706 pp., £65, January 1995, 0 19 826921 8Show More
A History of Christianity in Africa from Antiquity to the Present by Elizabeth Isichei.
SPCK, 420 pp., £25, February 1995, 0 281 04764 2Show More
Religion in Africa: Experience and Expression edited by Thomas Blakely, Walter van Beek and Dennis Thomson.
Currey, 512 pp., £45, November 1994, 0 85255 206 8Show More
“... Long-term ‘endings of an era’ tend nowadays to be announced with remarkable confidence. This may even be the case with an issue as controversial as the ending of territorial imperialism, truly a large affair. Yet there is much to suggest that it is ending, and the appearance of two large histories of Christianity in Africa, the first of their kind on any such scale, can be seen as another signal of this: a summing-up has evidently come to seem possible as well as desirable ...”