The book presents the first published detailed analysis of the origins, growth and organisation of the Christian Mission and The Salvation Army between 1865 and 1900. The author seeks to determine the way in which William Booth developed his new religious movement, and to identify the factors and conditions which proved most conducive to the success of the Army. The background to the Army’s leadership, the strong forces of opposition and the successes and failures are all discussed in detail. The book includes a number of fascinating case-studies which highlight the development of the Army in five diverse areas of Britain. It will prove invaluable not only to those with a particular interest in The Salvation Army, but also to both social and local historians alike.