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Ernest P. Young《Ecclesiastical Colony:China’s Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate》,2013-4

Author: Ernest P. Young

Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2013-4

ISBN9780199924622

This book is considered to be the first complete history of the French Religious Protectorate in China. The author used new material on Catholic dissent from the policies of the mission establishment, including little-heard Chinese Catholic voices

The French Religious Protectorate was an institutionalized and enduring policy of the French government, based on a claim by the French state to be guardian of all Catholics in China. The expansive nature of the Protectorate's claim across nationalities elicited opposition from official and ordinary Chinese, other foreign countries, and even the pope. Yet French authorities believed their Protectorate was essential to their political prominence in the country. This book examines the dynamics of the French policy, the supporting role played in it by ecclesiastical authority, and its function in embittering Sino-foreign relations. Joseph W. Esherick reviewed that, "Ecclesiastical Colony is a fascinating study of the system of foreign privilege institutionalized in China through the French Religious Protectorate of the Catholic church. Ernest Young's astute use of the voluminous archival record provides a vivid account of the church's slow and painful progress toward indigenization."

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