David Griffiths and the Missionary "History of Madagascar"

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BRILL, Apr 3, 2012 - Religion - 1 pages
In 1838, William Ellis of the LMS published a History of Madagascar, considered a key primary source for nineteenth-century Malagasy history. Four years later, David Griffiths, longest serving member of the Madagascar Mission, published Hanes Madagascar ("History of Madagascar") in Welsh.

Campbell’s study explores the intriguing relationship between these works and their authors. It analyses the role of Griffiths; presents evidence that much of Ellis’ History derived from Griffiths’ research; and presents the first ever translation of Hanes Madagascar (with extensive annotations).

This study suggests that the tensions arising from the different cultural perceptions of Welsh and English missionaries moulded the destiny of the Madagascar mission. It will hopefully inspire re-evaluation of other missions and their relationship to British imperial policy.

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Part B David Griffiths History of Madagascar 1843
Part C Commentary on Griffiths History of Madagascar
Part D Annexes
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About the author (2012)

Gwyn Campbell is a Canada Research Chair, and Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre, at McGill University. He has published extensively on Africa and the Indian Ocean world, including An Economic History of Imperial Madagascar, 1750 -1895 (Cambridge, 2005)

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