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Catholic VietnamA Church from Empire to Nation$
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Charles Keith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272477

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272477.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Catholic Vietnam

Charles Keith

University of California Press

This introduction situates the study in the context of existing historiography on Vietnamese Catholic history. It demonstrates how past writing on the subject, carried out in the charged political contexts of the colonial era, the Cold War, and Communist rule in Vietnam, has led to simplistic and opposing historical understandings of Vietnamese Catholics either as traitors to the national community or as martyrs to their faith. The introduction next provides a general overview of the book, which focuses on the transition from missionary Catholicism to national Catholicism and the political and cultural aspects of this religious transformation.

Keywords:   historiography, Cold War, Communist rule

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