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Ecclesiastical Colony: China's Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate

Ernest P. Young


The general argument is that the institution of the French Religious Protectorate, lasting roughly a century from the 1840s, and the missionary embrace of it had a major impact on the Catholic church in China and on Sino-foreign relations generally. The French state presented itself as the protector of all Catholics in China of whatever nationality, including Chinese. The claim was important to the French conception of its place among the powers that were then engaged in China. The foreign missionary bishops of the time believed that their work depended on secular protections. Yet the interven ... More

Keywords: France, religious protectorate, missionary, Catholic, China, Vatican, reformist, evangelism, bishops

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199924622
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernest P. Young, author
University of Michigan