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Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific

Matt K. Matsuda


This book presents a broad ranging survey of French colonial engagements in the Pacific and Asian worlds of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Multiple studies, each in a different territory, examine French ideas of imperialism as they become manifested through religion, nationalist and patriotic fervour, tropical fantasy, literary and artistic creation, or colonial match-making to shape a distinctly Gallic “Empire of Love” in the Pacific. Successive chapters examine contested colonial sites where the French were present in Tahiti, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna, with analyses of encount ... More

Keywords: Pacific, imperialism, colonialism, post Colonialism, French history, love, Pierre Loti

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt K. Matsuda, author
Rutgers University
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