The central focus of the book is the role that the British, Australian, Canadian, South African, and New Zealand (BACSANZ) Baptist press played in the formation of national, imperial and denominational identity during the South African War (often called the Boer War). BACSANZ Baptist imperialism was a phenomenon that transcended regional identities which provided a global community and identity for nascent, often isolated, Baptist communities in the colonies. Baptist evangelical purpose was also inextricably fused
to popular imperialism. Nevertheless, BACSANZ Baptist imperialism was contextualized and shaped by domestic factors, so much so that imperialism was a particular form of nationalism in both the metropole and peripheries.