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By J.P. Daughton

among 1880 and 1914, tens of millions of guys and ladies left France for far-off spiritual missions, pushed via the need to unfold the be aware 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 stream reached its apex, the younger, staunchly secular 3rd Republic introduced the main competitive crusade of colonial growth in French historical past. Missionaries and republicans overseas knew that they had a lot to achieve from operating jointly, yet their starkly diversified motivations on a regular basis led them to view each other with resentment, mistrust, or even worry.

In An Empire Divided, J.P. Daughton tells the tale of ways afflicted relatives among Catholic missionaries and a number of republican critics formed colonial rules, Catholic views, and family French politics within the tumultuous many years prior to the 1st global conflict. With case experiences on Indochina, Polynesia, and Madagascar, An Empire Divided--the first e-book to check the function of non secular missionaries in shaping French colonialism--challenges the long-held view that French colonizing and "civilizing" pursuits have been formed by means of a extraordinarily secular republican ideology equipped on Enlightenment beliefs. through exploring the reports of Catholic missionaries, one of many greatest teams of French women and men operating in a foreign country, Daughton argues that colonial guidelines have been on a regular basis 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 eventually buried a lot of their disagreements by way of embracing a concept of French civilization that awkwardly melded either Catholic and republican beliefs. yet their entente got here at a cost, with each side compromising long-held and much-cherished traditions for the advantage of developing and preserving authority. concentrating on the much-neglected intersection of politics, faith, and imperialism, Daughton deals a brand new figuring out 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 such a lot profound beliefs.

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