While a significant number of Scots went to Africa with the London Missionary Society prior to the mid-nineteenth century, it was then that a notable change took place. This was triggered by the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843. After its formation, the Free Church began to keenly promote foreign missions. This had the effect that the Established Church, perhaps sensing an air of competition, followed suit quickly, also increasing its missionary activities overseas. As Esther Breitenbach has noted, the Disruption ‘released an … Read more
There has been an unprecedented upsurge in scholarly interest in migration from various source countries to many different destinations throughout the last two decades. Demographers, sociologists, and historians have explored the causes and consequences of migration, as well as the impact particular migrant groups and population flows have had on both the sending and receiving countries. Museum exhibitions, and television and radio programmes further reflect that there is also an increased interest in the subject by wider audiences.
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