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Civilizing Habits: Women Missionaries and the Revival of French Empire

Sarah A. Curtis


Civilizing Habits explores the life stories of three French women missionaries—Philippine Duchesne, Emilie de Vialar, and Anne‐Marie Javouhey—who transgressed boundaries, both real and imagined, to evangelize far from France's shores. In so doing, this book argues that they helped France reestablish a global empire after the dislocation of the Revolution and the fall of Napoleon. They also pioneered a new missionary era in which the educational, charity, and health care services provided by women became valuable tools for spreading Catholic influence around the globe. Philippine D ... More

Keywords: Philippine Duchesne, Emilie de Vialar, Anne‐Marie Javouhey, women missionaries, French empire, Catholic missions, Native Americans, Muslim, slave colonies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394184
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394184.001.0001


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Sarah A. Curtis, author
San Francisco State University
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