Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific

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Oxford University Press, Jan 20, 2005 - History - 240 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Empire of Love Histories of France and the Pacific
3
Rochefort The Family Romance of the French Pacific
17
Panama Geopolitics of Desire
43
Wallis and Futuna Martyrs and Memories
69
Society Islands Tahitian Archives
91
New Caledonia Prisoners of Love
113
Indochina Romance of the Ruins
137
Japan The Tears of Madame Chrysanthème
161
The Lost Continent
185
Notes
191
Index
225
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Matt K. Matsuda is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he teaches Modern European and Asia and Pacific comparative histories. He is the author of The Memory of the Modern (OUP, 1996).

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