A Companion to the Early Modern Catholic Global Missions


A survey of the latest scholarship on Catholic missions between the 16th and 18th centuries, this collection of fourteen essays by historians from eight countries offers not only a global view of the organization, finances, personnel, and history of Catholic missions to the Americas, Africa, and Asia, but also the complex political, cultural, and religious contexts of the missionary fields. The conquests and colonization of the Americas presented a different stage for the drama of evangelization in contrast to that of Africa and Asia: the inhospitable landscape of Africa, the implacable Islamic societies of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires, and the self-assured regimes of Ming-Qing China, Nguyen dynasty Vietnam, and Tokugawa Japan. Contributors are Tara Alberts, Mark Z. Christensen, Dominique Deslandres, R. Po-chia Hsia, Aliocha Maldavsky, Anne McGinness, Christoph Nebgen, Adina Ruiu, Alan Strathern, M. Antoni J. Üçerler, Fred Vermote, Guillermo Wilde, Christian Windler, and Ines Zupanov.
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Biographical Note

R. Po-chia Hsia, Ph.D (Yale, 1982) is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Asian Studies at Penn State University and Academician at the Academia Sinica, Taipei. Among his numerous publications is A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610 (Oxford, 2010), which has been translated into Italian and Chinese.

Table of contents

Acknowledgement Notes on Contributors Introduction Catholic Global Missions and the Expansion of Europe Part I. The Americas 1 Missionizing Mexico: Ecclesiastics, Natives, and the Spread of Christianity Mark Christensen 2 The Andes Aliocha Maldavsky 3 The Missions of Paraguay: Rise, Expansion and Fall Guillermo Wilde 4 Early Modern Catholic Missions in Brazil: The Challenge of the Outsiders Anne McGuiness 5 New France Dominique Deslandres Part II. Africa 6 Catholic Missions and Local Rulers in Sub-Saharan Africa Alan Strathern Part III. Islamic World 7 Missionaries and French Subjects: The Jesuits in the Ottoman Empire Adina Ruiu 8 Ambiguous Belongings: How Catholic Missionaries in Persia and the Roman Curia Dealt with Communicatio in Sacris Christian Windler Part IV. Asia 9 India Ines Zupanov 10 Missions in Vietnam Tara Alberts 11 The Christian Missions in Japan in the Early Modern Period M. Antoni and J. Ucerler 12 Imperial China and the Christian Mission R. Po-chia Hsia Part V. The Structures 13 Finances of the Missions Fred Vermote 14 Missionaries: Who were They Christoph Nebgen Bibliography Index


All interested in global history, the history of Christianity, and the cultural encounter between civilizations. This book will appeal to specialists, general readers, and the advanced student.