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Catholic Vietnam: A Church from Empire to Nation

Charles Keith


This study explores the complex position of the Catholic Church in modern Vietnamese history. It demonstrates how French colonial rule in Indochina allowed for the transformation of Catholic missions in Vietnam into broad and powerful economic and institutional structures in which race defined both ecclesiastical, cultural prestige and control of resources and institutional authority. This, along with colonial rule itself, created a culture of religious life in which relationships between Vietnamese Catholics and European missionaries were less equal and more fractious than ever before. The co ... More

Keywords: Vietnam, Indochina, Catholicism, missionaries, colonialism, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272477
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272477.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Keith, author