Trade and Finance in Global Missions (16th-18th Centuries) is a collection of twelve articles focusing on missionary economic practices, often perceived as an important tool in their spiritual and missionary endeavours, but also raising controversies in Europe and in the overseas missions. Missionaries, just like merchants and other investors, sought the most profitable ventures and tapped into transcontinental flow of capital during the first globalisation. All the chapters in this volume address the question of Catholic missionary economy in the early modern period by looking into concrete cases of the opening, financing, growth and preservation of Christian missions and related institutions such as churches, colleges and other permanent endowments in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Hélène Vu Thanh is Associate Professor at the University of Bretagne-Sud (France) and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She has published several articles and a book on the Catholic missions in Japan. Ines G. Županov is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. She has studied social history of the Catholic missions in South Asia. She is currently at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities in New Delhi. Her latest edited book is Oxford Handbook of the Jesuits (2019).
All interested in the history of early modern Christian missions in the context of global economic and cultural entanglements. The uneasy and controversial relation between economy and spirituality is at the heart of this collection of chapters.