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A Colonial Sacred Union? Church, State, and the Great War in Colonial Vietnam

Charles Keith

in In God’s Empire

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396447
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.003.0009
A Colonial Sacred Union? Church, State, and the Great War in Colonial Vietnam

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This chapter explores the impact that the First World War had on relations between the Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris (MEP) and the colonial administration in Indochina. While the union sacrée declared during the war did much to cool conflicts between political adversaries in France, divergent attitudes toward colonization brought little peace to long-standing church-state discord in the colony. Instead, the war made the relationship worse, as MEP missionaries’ concerns about the material collapse of their operations clashed head-on with the exigencies and fears of a state at war.

Keywords: First World War; Indochina; union sacrée; church-state conflict; MEP

Chapter.  8242 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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