Transfer and Transformation of Missionaries' Images of Europe in Contact with the Other, 1700–1970

How did Europeans outside Europe view Europe? From the 18th century onwards, Protestant Europeans left their home countries for decades on end, often even for the rest of their lives, to promote Christian, “European” values to cultures outside of Europe. Working in European networks, they formed a European identity at an early point in time. At the same time, physical distance from Europe and the encounter with non-European cultures changed their concepts and images of Europe. The Junior Research Group, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, examines these modifications and their repercussions on Europe.


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