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Title:The missionary factor in the occupation of trans-Zambezia
Author:Rotberg, K.I.ISNI
Periodical:The Northern Rhodesia Journal
Geographic term:Zambia
Abstract:Trans-Zambezia was the last large region of Africa occupied by Christian missionaries and therefore, at least until 1901, a missionary society from Britain or America could establish itself in relatively large areas of Northern Rhodesia where it would be almost the sole source of Western ideas and ideals and, consequently, the most important agent of modernisation. The course of history was clearly altered in those areas where the missions exercised an influential hegemony. For almost two decades they were able to experiment, to transform, and to exert almost total authority within a veritable vacuum, free from the disharmonies of a wider world. This article is based principally upon material in the archives of the London, Methodist, and Paris Missionary Societies, upon records found at the individual mission stations, and upon the holdings of the Salisbury and Lusaka National Archives and the National Library of Scotland.