SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

British Quaker Missionaries and the Conflict between Pacifism and Militarism in Chengdu, 1934-1936

Simon Forbes, SOAS

Date: 8 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Seminar

Uniquely among British based missionary organisations the Friends Service Council (FSC) were a genuinely pacifist organisation. This is because this organisation was run by the Quakers who had a long history of pacifism from their beginnings in the Seventeenth Century. Absolute pacifism had never been part of the theology of other British denominations operating in China. While other British organisations had misgivings about official militarism in education, especially in the Christian schools and colleges with which they were connected, it was only the FSC that offered any resistance to the Chinese authorities.

Organiser: Dr. Andrea Janku

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