Trading in Faith: Christianity and Globalization?

Trading in Faith: Christianity and Globalization? Book Reviews 253 These issues notwithstanding, Forth’s overall analysis is compelling. His conclusions about the wider significance of Britain’s empire of camps, moreover, offer a timely and useful intervention to ongoing debates about the colonial origins of totalitarianism and modern state practices. Although Forth is very careful about drawing any simple or straightforward path between British concentration camps and the emergence of Soviet gulags and Nazi extermination camps, he nevertheless emphasizes the ways in which the British Empire played a key role in disseminating some of the crucial ideological, logistical and technocratic vocabularies and practices that helped make these later camps possible (p. 214). Perhaps more importantly, Forth urges us to re-orient our view from totalitarian camps toward modern-day refugee camps, which he sees as the real inheritors of Britain’s ‘empire of camps’. Extremely well-researched, and written in an engaging and lucid style, Forth’s Barbed-Wire Imperialism provides an important contribution to British imperial historiography, as well as a crucial starting point for more nuanced examinations of the wider history of imperial Europe’s culture of carceral confinement and encampment. MARK CONDOS Queen Mary University of London The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity: Networks and the Movement of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Trading in Faith: Christianity and Globalization?

Journal of World History, Volume 31 (1) – Feb 27, 2020

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Book Reviews 253 These issues notwithstanding, Forth’s overall analysis is compelling. His conclusions about the wider significance of Britain’s empire of camps, moreover, offer a timely and useful intervention to ongoing debates about the colonial origins of totalitarianism and modern state practices. Although Forth is very careful about drawing any simple or straightforward path between British concentration camps and the emergence of Soviet gulags and Nazi extermination camps, he nevertheless emphasizes the ways in which the British Empire played a key role in disseminating some of the crucial ideological, logistical and technocratic vocabularies and practices that helped make these later camps possible (p. 214). Perhaps more importantly, Forth urges us to re-orient our view from totalitarian camps toward modern-day refugee camps, which he sees as the real inheritors of Britain’s ‘empire of camps’. Extremely well-researched, and written in an engaging and lucid style, Forth’s Barbed-Wire Imperialism provides an important contribution to British imperial historiography, as well as a crucial starting point for more nuanced examinations of the wider history of imperial Europe’s culture of carceral confinement and encampment. MARK CONDOS Queen Mary University of London The Journey of Christianity to India in Late Antiquity: Networks and the Movement of

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