Christianity in East Asia China Korea andJapan

danieL h. bays and james h. grayson

The nineteenth-century history of Christianity in China, Korea and Japan has some features in common. In each case it was seen at times as a danger to the authorities and the elite, whether as potential internal rebellion or as a link to a foreign threat. At times it also appealed to alienated elites as well as to the lower classes, and was seen by yet others in all three countries as a perceived path to modernisation of the state and society. However, the Christian histories of the three also seem sufficiently distinct from one another to describe them separately, and that is what this chapter will do.

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