By J.P. Daughton

ISBN-10: 0195305302

ISBN-13: 9780195305302

ISBN-10: 0195374010

ISBN-13: 9780195374018

among 1880 and 1914, tens of hundreds of thousands of guys and girls left France for far away non secular missions, pushed through the need to unfold the note of Jesus Christ, strive against devil, and convert the world's pagans to Catholicism. yet they weren't the single ones with eyes fastened on overseas beaches. simply because the Catholic missionary circulate reached its apex, the younger, staunchly secular 3rd Republic introduced the main competitive crusade of colonial enlargement in French heritage. Missionaries and republicans out of the country knew that they had a lot to achieve from operating jointly, yet their starkly diverse motivations frequently led them to view each other with resentment, mistrust, or even worry.

In An Empire Divided, J.P. Daughton tells the tale of the way family members among Catholic missionaries and a bunch of republican critics formed colonial guidelines, Catholic views, and family French politics within the tumultuous a long time earlier than the 1st international conflict. With case experiences on Indochina, Polynesia, and Madagascar, An Empire Divided--the first booklet to ascertain the position of non secular missionaries in shaping French colonialism--challenges the long-held view that French colonizing and "civilizing" objectives have been formed via a especially secular republican ideology equipped on Enlightenment beliefs. through exploring the reviews of Catholic missionaries, one of many greatest teams of French women and men operating in another country, Daughton argues that colonial regulations have been usually wrought within the fires of spiritual discord--discord that indigenous groups exploited in responding to colonial rule.

After many years of clash, Catholics and republicans within the empire finally buried lots of their disagreements by way of embracing a inspiration of French civilization that awkwardly melded either Catholic and republican beliefs. yet their entente got here at a value, with either side compromising long-held and much-cherished traditions for the good thing about setting up and keeping authority. targeting the much-neglected intersection of politics, faith, and imperialism, Daughton bargains a brand new realizing of either the character of French tradition and politics on the fin de siecle, in addition to the facility of the colonial event to reshape European's so much profound beliefs.

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