The Bishop of Beijing and His Cathedral
Anthony Clark draws on archival materials from the Vatican and collections in France, Italy, China, Poland, and the United States to trace the prominent role of French architecture in introducing Western culture and Catholicism to China. A principal device was the aesthetic imagined by the Gothic Revival movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the premier example of this in China being the Beitang cathedral. Bishop Favier's biography is a lens through which to examine Western missionaries' role in colonial endeavors and their complex relationship with the Chinese communities in which they lived and worked.
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"[S]heds new light on an otherwise understudied era of architectural production in imperial China. The importance of the book lies in Clark's extensive archival work, which has yielded new textual and visual evidence of missionary-related activities in Qing China."—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"Clark's impressive study offers valuable findings for Sinologists, Chinese social historians, and religious specialists, challenging us to think beyond the conventional categories of empires and nation-states."—Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, author of The Bible and the Gun: Christianizing South China, 1860–1900
"Anthony E. Clark's exploration of the life and career of French missionary-architect Alphonse Favier brings to life the tumult of China's late 19th century and the precarious position of foreign missions within it. This is a lively and deeply researched book by a leading scholar of the history of Catholicism in China."—Stephen Platt, author of
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