The historiography of Protestant missions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is still dominated by studies of Anglo-American mission agencies. Scholarship on German Protestant missions lags somewhat behind, but is nevertheless substantial (at least in German). In contrast, French Protestant missions rarely gain more than a passing mention in surveys of the modern Protestant missionary movement. Hence the publication of this 1997 doctoral thesis from the University of Provence is extremely welcome. Fabre has studied the published journals and annual reports of the Société des Missions Évangéliques de Paris for much of the twentieth century and uses this evidence to chart the course of French Protestant mission discourse from the highpoint of imperial enthusiasm to the postcolonial era. The term “discourse” is to be noted: Fabre is primarily concerned with the public self-representation of French Protestant missions, and only incidentally and occasionally with the opinions and actions of missionaries on the field. Hence Fabre makes no use of missionary correspondence, field diaries or even committee minutes. His sources are all published, the principal one being the Journal des Missions Évangéliques , which was published by the Paris Society without interruption from 1826 through to 1990, when it was
Social Sciences and Missions (preceeded by Le Fait Missionaire until 2006) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
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