By Charles Keith

In this crucial new research, Charles Keith explores the complicated place of the Catholic Church in smooth Vietnamese historical past. by way of demonstrating how French colonial rule allowed for the transformation of Catholic missions in Vietnam into extensive and strong fiscal and institutional constructions, Keith discovers the methods race outlined ecclesiastical and cultural status and regulate of assets and institutional authority. This, in addition to colonial rule itself, created a tradition of non secular lifestyles during which relationships among Vietnamese Catholics and ecu missionaries have been much less equivalent and extra fractious than ever ahead of. notwithstanding, the colonial period additionally introduced remarkable ties among Vietnam and the transnational associations and tradition of worldwide Catholicism, as Vatican reforms to create an self sustaining nationwide Church helped Vietnamese Catholics to reimagine and redefine their relationships to either missionary Catholicism and to colonial rule itself. very similar to the myriad progressive ideologies and struggles within the identify of the Vietnamese state, this revolution in Vietnamese Catholic existence was once finally ambiguous, even contradictory: it proven the rules for an self sustaining nationwide Church, however it additionally polarized where of the hot Church in post-colonial Vietnamese politics and society and produced deep divisions among Vietnamese Catholics themselves.

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