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

Owen White and J.P. Daughton


A collection of thirteen chapters by leading scholars in the field, this book 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 secula ... More

Keywords: Christianity, France, missionaries, French Revolution, civilizing mission, schools, hospitals, orphanages, political influence, colonial expansion

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Owen White, editor
University of Delaware

J.P. Daughton, editor
Stanford University

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Part I French Missionaries in the Atlantic World

Part II The Ottoman Empire, North Africa, and the Middle East

Part III East and Southeast Asia

Part IV Africa and Oceania