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Department of Theology and Religion

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Publication details for Canon Professor Michael Snape

Snape, Michael (2017). Anglicanism and Interventionism: Bishop Brent, the United States, and The British Empire in the First World War. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Although largely overlooked by historians, the worldwide Anglican Communion proved to be a major force in mobilising support for the Allied cause throughout the First World War. This article examines the wartime career of Bishop Charles Henry Brent, a Canadian-born bishop of America's Protestant Episcopal Church, who is usually remembered as a missionary, an ecumenist, and as a campaigner against the international opium trade. This article revisits Brent's wartime career, illustrating his three-fold significance as a contemporary symbol of Episcopalian power and influence in the United States, as an epitome of Episcopalian Anglophilia, and as a morale-boosting presence in wartime Britain.