Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific

Paperback | March 23, 2005

byMatt K. Matsuda

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In this broad-ranging survey of Paris, Tahiti, Indochina, Japan, New Caledonia, and the South Pacific generally, Matt Matsuda illustrates the fascinating interplay that shaped the imaginations of both colonizer and colonized. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Matsuda describes theconstitution of a "French Pacific" through the eyes of Tahitian monarchs, Kanak warriors, French politicos and prisoners, Asian revolutionaries and Central American laborers, among others. He argues that French imperialism in the Pacific, both real and imagined, was registered most forcefully inlanguages of desire and love--for lost islands, promised wealth and riches, carnal and spiritual pleasures--and political affinities. Exploring the conflicting engagements with love for and against the empire in the Pacific, this book is an imaginative and ground-breaking work in global imperial andcolonial histories, as well as Pacific histories.

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In this broad-ranging survey of Paris, Tahiti, Indochina, Japan, New Caledonia, and the South Pacific generally, Matt Matsuda illustrates the fascinating interplay that shaped the imaginations of both colonizer and colonized. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Matsuda describes theconstitution of a "French Pacific" through the eye...

Matt K. Matsuda is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he teaches Modern European and Asia and Pacific comparative histories. He is the author of The Memory of the Modern (OUP, 1996).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:March 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific1. Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific2. Panama: Geopolitics of Desire3. Walls and Futuna: Martyrs and Memories4. Society Islands: Tahitian Archives5. New Caledonia: Prisoners of Love6. Indochina: The Romance of the Runis7. Japan: The Tears of Madame ChrysanthemeAfterword: The Lost ContinentNotesIndex

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"Matt Matsuda makes brave, sensuous history as he discovers the spirituality of an empire. The French with their imperial ambitions across their Grand Ocean-from Panama to Indochina and in the Sea of Islands-have always seemed different. Empire of Love tells why."--Greg Dening, author of BeachCrossings: Voyaging across Times, Cultures, and Self