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An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914

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Between 1880 and 1914, tens of thousands of men and women left France for distant religious missions, driven by the desire to spread the word of Jesus Christ, combat Satan, and convert the world's pagans to Catholicism. But they were not the only ones with eyes fixed on foreign shores. Just as the Catholic missionary movement reached its apex, the young, staunchly secular ...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Rebecca Graf
Sep 05, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it
Too many areas of history are forgotten or just ignored as the events are too ‘minor’ or just not enough in the spotlight. The colonization of the Far East by France is one of those subjects. Too few even realize how much presence the French had in that area of the world. J.P. Daughton brings that subject back into the academic circles with his book, An Empire Divided: Religion, Republicanism, and the Making of French Colonialism, 1880-1914.

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Nov 16, 2014 Anthony Zupancic rated it really liked it
Interesting examination of the evolution of the relationship between catholic missionaries and civil administrators in Madagascar, French Polynesia, and Indochina. The archival evidence suggests that France's mission civilisitrice was not always solely a secular mission and, contrarily, that anti-clericalism wasn't always exempt from export. Larger message is intuitive: no matter the mission in the metropole, on the ground governance had to be flexible to be successful and the relationship betwe ...more
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