Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific / Edition 1

Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific / Edition 1

by Matt K. Matsuda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195162951

ISBN-13: 9780195162950

Pub. Date: 01/13/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this broad-ranging survey of Paris, Tahiti, Indochina, Japan, New Caledonia, and the South Pacific generally, Matt Matsuda illustrates the fascinating interplay that shaped the imaginations of both colonizer and colonized. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Matsuda describes the constitution of a "French Pacific" through the eyes of Tahitian

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In this broad-ranging survey of Paris, Tahiti, Indochina, Japan, New Caledonia, and the South Pacific generally, Matt Matsuda illustrates the fascinating interplay that shaped the imaginations of both colonizer and colonized. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, Matsuda describes the constitution of a "French Pacific" through the eyes of Tahitian monarchs, Kanak warriors, French politicos and prisoners, Asian revolutionaries and Central American laborers, among others. He argues that French imperialism in the Pacific, both real and imagined, was registered most forcefully in languages of desire and love—for lost islands, promised wealth and riches, carnal and spiritual pleasures—and political affinities. Exploring the conflicting engagements with love for and against the empire in the Pacific, this book is an imaginative and ground-breaking work in global imperial and colonial histories, as well as Pacific histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162950
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/13/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific
1. Rochefort: The Family Romance of the French Pacific
2. Panama: Geopolitics of Desire
3. Walls and Futuna: Martyrs and Memories
4. Society Islands: Tahitian Archives
5. New Caledonia: Prisoners of Love
6. Indochina: The Romance of the Runis
7. Japan: The Tears of Madame Chrysanthème
Afterword: The Lost Continent
Notes
Index

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