In God's Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World by Owen WhiteIn God's Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World by Owen White

In God's Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World

EditorOwen White, J.P. Daughton

Hardcover | August 30, 2012

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A collection of thirteen essays by leading scholars in the field, In God's Empire examines the complex ways in which the spread of Christianity by French men and women shaped local communities, French national prowess, and global politics in the two centuries following the French Revolution.More than a story of religious proselytism, missionary activity was an essential feature of French contact and interaction with local populations. In many parts of the world, missionaries were the first French men and women to work and live among indigenous societies. For all the celebration of France's secular "civilizing mission," it was more often than not religious workers who actually fulfilled the daily tasks of running schools, hospitals, and orphanages. While their work was often tied to small villages, missionaries' interactions had geopoliticalimplications. Focusing on many regions - from the Ottoman Empire and the United States to Indochina and the Pacific Ocean - this book explores how France used missionaries' long connections with local communities as a means of political influence and justification for colonial expansion. In God'sEmpire offers readers both an overview of the major historical dimensions of the French evangelical enterprise, as well as an introduction to the theoretical and methodological challenges of placing French missionary work within the context of European, colonial, and religious history.
Owen White is Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware. J.P. Daughton is Associate Professor of History at Stanford University.
Title:In God's Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsContributorsOwen White and J. P. Daughton: Introduction: Placing French Missionaries in the Modern World-Part I: French Missionaries in the Atlantic World1. Michael Pasquier: When Catholic Worlds Collide: French Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Politics in Louisiana, 1803-18452. Troy Feay: Creating "The People of God": French Utopian Dreams and the Moralization of Africans and Slaves3. Philippe Delisle: Bretons in Conquest of a Former Colony: French Catholic Missionaries in Haiti, 1860-1915Part II: The Ottoman Empire, North Africa, and the Middle East4. Sarah A. Curtis: Charity Begins Abroad: The Filles de la Charit. in the Ottoman Empire5. Julia Clancy-Smith: Muslim Princes, Female Missionaries, and Trans-Mediterranean Migrations: The Soeurs de Saint-Joseph de l'Apparition in Tunisia, c. 1840-18816. Bertrand Taithe: Missionary Militarism? The Armed Brothers of the Sahara and L.opold Louis Joubert in the Congo7. Jennifer M. Dueck: Flourishing in Exile: French Missionaries in Syria and Lebanon under Mandate RulePart III: East and Southeast Asia8. Ji Li: Measuring Catholic Faith in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Northeast China9. Charles Keith: A Colonial Sacred Union? Church, State, and the Great War in Colonial Vietnam-Part IV: Africa and Oceania10. Jean-Franois Zorn: When French Protestants Replaced British Missionaries in the Pacific and Indian Oceans; Or, How to Avoid the Colonial Trap11. Kenneth J. Orosz: The "Catechist War" in Interwar French Cameroon-12. Elizabeth A. Foster: A Mission in Transition: Race, Politics, and the Decolonization of the Catholic Church in SenegalNorman Etherington: Afterword: The Missionary Experience in the British and French EmpiresSelect BibliographyIndex