Trade and Finance in Global Missions (16th-18th centuries)

Ines G. Županov, Hélène Vu Tanh, Trade and Finance in
Global Missions (16th-18th centuries), Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2020,


Trade and Finance in Global Missions (16th-18th Centuries) is a collection
of twelve articles focusing on missionary economic practices, often
perceived as an important tool in their spiritual and missionary
endeavours, but also raising controversies in Europe and in the overseas
missions. Missionaries, just like merchants and other investors, sought the
most profitable ventures and tapped into transcontinental flow of capital
during the first globalisation. All the chapters in this volume address the
question of Catholic missionary economy in the early modern period by
looking into concrete cases of the opening, financing, growth and
preservation of Christian missions and related institutions such as
churches, colleges and other permanent endowments in Asia, Europe and Latin

Chapter 1 Preface: Ships of Dreams
Auteur : Hélène Vu Thanh
Page Range: 1–6

Chapter 2 Profit and Souls in Global Missions (16th–18th Centuries):An
Auteurs : Hélène Vu Thanh and Ines G. Županov
Page Range: 7–43

Part 1 Missionaries as Traders: The Case of the Society of Jesus

Chapter 3 The Cross and the Silk:Trading Activities by the Society of Jesus
in Japan (1549–1650)
Auteur : Hélène Vu Thanh
Page Range: 47–70

Chapter 4 Yerba Maté in the Jesuit Reductions: From Ritual Drink to
Economic Resource (17th–18th Centuries)
Auteur : Claudio Ferlan
Page Range: 71–94

Part 2 The Integration of Religious Orders into Global/Local Economic

Chapter 5 From Tenants to Landlords: Jesuits and Land Ownership in Japan
Auteur : Rômulo da Silva Ehalt
Page Range: 97–123

Chapter 6 Going Local, Becoming Global: The Connected Histories of Early
Modern Missionary Economies in Persia and the Persian Gulf
Auteur : Christian Windler
Page Range: 124–150

Chapter 7 Monsoonal Missions: Asian Trade Diasporas in Spanish Missionary
Strategies, 1570–1700
Auteur : Ryan D. Crewe
Page Range: 151–179

Part 3 Funding the Missions: Finances and Evangelization

Chapter 8 Funding the Propagation of the Faith: Noble Strategies and the
Financial Support of Jesuit Colleges in France and Italy (c.1590–c.1650)
Auteur : Ariane Boltanski
Page Range: 183–206

Chapter 9 The College of San Hermenegildo in Seville: The Centerpiece of a
Global Financial Network
Auteur : Sébastien Malaprade
Page Range: 207–234

Part 4 Moralizing the Economy: Religious Controversies and Debates

Chapter 10 Missionaries as Merchants and Mercenaries: Religious
Controversies over Commerce in Southeast Asia
Auteur : Tara Alberts
Page Range: 237–268

Chapter 11 Regulating the Forbidden: Local Rules and Debates on the
Missionary Economy in the Jesuit Province of Paraguay (17th–18th Centuries)
Auteur : Fabian Fechner
Page Range: 269–287

Chapter 12 Afterword: For What Is a Man Profited, if He Shall Gain the
Whole World, and Lose His Own Soul?
Auteur : Ines G. Županov
Page Range: 288–306

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