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.
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
AcknowledgementNotes on ContributorsIntroductionCatholic Global Missions and the Expansion of EuropePart I. The Americas1 Missionizing Mexico: Ecclesiastics, Natives, and the Spread of ChristianityMark Christensen2 The AndesAliocha Maldavsky3 The Missions of Paraguay: Rise, Expansion and FallGuillermo Wilde4 Early Modern Catholic Missions in Brazil: The Challenge of the OutsidersAnne McGuiness5 New FranceDominique DeslandresPart II. Africa6 Catholic Missions and Local Rulers in Sub-Saharan AfricaAlan StrathernPart III. Islamic World7 Missionaries and French Subjects: The Jesuits in the Ottoman EmpireAdina Ruiu8 Ambiguous Belongings: How Catholic Missionaries in Persia and the Roman Curia Dealt with Communicatio in SacrisChristian WindlerPart IV. Asia9 IndiaInes Zupanov10 Missions in VietnamTara Alberts11 The Christian Missions in Japan in the Early Modern PeriodM. Antoni and
J. Ucerler12 Imperial China and the Christian MissionR. Po-chia HsiaPart V. The Structures13 Finances of the MissionsFred Vermote14 Missionaries: Who were TheyChristoph NebgenBibliographyIndex
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.