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Missionary Colonial Expansion And The Upper Tonkin Vicariate

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This chapter talks about the dominant figure of missionary Tonkin at the end of the 19th century, Bishop Paul Puginier (1835-1892), and analyses his seminal influence in the establishment and the expansion of the Upper-Tonkin vicariate, a phase that lasted from 1895 to about 1920. It discusses a lull in missionary activity preceded a slow decline, leading to the final termination of most missionary activity in the first years of the First Indochina War (1946-1954). Acknowledging the importance of contextualising missionary expansion within the political extension of a colonial power, the chapter outlines the political foundations of missionary deployment in the upper region of Tonkin.

Keywords: Bishop Paul Puginier; colonial power; missionary expansion; Upper Tonkin Vicariate

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