Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution

Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution

Edited by Pascal Blanchard, Sandrine Lemaire, Nicolas Bancel and Dominic Thomas, translated by Alexis Pernsteiner
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01045-2
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This landmark collection by an international group of scholars and public intellectuals represents a major reassessment of French colonial culture and how it continues to inform thinking about history, memory, and identity. This reexamination of French colonial culture, provides the basis for a revised understanding of its cultural, political, and social legacy and its lasting impact on postcolonial immigration, the treatment of ethnic minorities, and national identity.

Author Bio

Pascal Blanchard is a historian and researcher affiliated with the Laboratoire Communication et Politique (Paris, France, CNRS)andco-director of theGroupe de recherche ACHAC (colonialism, immigration, post-colonialism).

Sandrine Lemaire is a historian, enseignante-agrégée (France)andco-director of theGroupe de recherche ACHAC (colonialism, immigration, post-colonialism).

Nicolas Bancel is professor of politics and social sciences at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) andco-director of theGroupe de recherche ACHAC (colonialism, immigration, post-colonialism).

Dominic Thomas is Madeleine L. Letessier Chair in French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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“Overall, Colonial Culture in France is a very wellwritten book that showcases the potential benefits of multi-authorship as well as the ability of scholars to simultaneously reach both academic and non-academic audiences. It could be recommended to readers interested in various aspects of France’s (post-)colonial history as well those seeking to understand contemporary French society, whether in the Élysée Palace or the banlieues of greater Paris.”
 — H-War

“Colonial Culture in France since the Revolution examines several aspects of French colonialism as well as its post-colonial heritage. The collection includes contributions by scholars and literary figures alike.”
 — Charles Tshimanga-Kashama, University of Nevada, Reno

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Creation of a Colonial Culture in France, from the Colonial Era to the "Memory Wars"

Part I. The Creation of a Colonial Culture
Foreword: French Colonization: an Inaudible History

1. Anti-Slavery, Abolitionism, and Abolition in France from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the 1840s
2. Milestones in Colonial Culture under the Second Empire (1851-1870)
3. Exhibitions, Expositions, Media Coverage, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
4. Science, Scientists, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
5. Literature, Song, and the Colonies (1900-1920)
6. Entertainment, Theater, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
7. School, Pedagogy, and Colonies (1870-1914)
8. Dying: the Call of the Empire (1913-1918)

Part II. Conquering Public Opinion
Foreword: History’s Mark (1931-1961)

9. Dreaming: the Fatal Attraction of Colonial Cinema (1920-1950)
10. Spreading the Word: the Agence Générale des Colonies (1920-1931)
11. To Civilize: the Invention of the Native (1918-1940)
12. Selling the Colonial Economic Myth (1900-1940)
13. The Athletic Exception: Black Champions and Colonial Culture (1900-1939)
14. The Colonial Bath: Sources of Popular Colonial Culture (1918-1931)
15. The Colonial Exposition (1931)
16. National Unity: the Right and Left "Meet" around the Colonial Exposition (1931)

Part III. The Apogee of Imperialism
Foreword: Images of an Empire’s Demise

17. Colonizing, Educating, Guiding: A Republican Duty
18. Promotion: Creating the Colonial (1930-1940)
19. Influence: Cultural and Ideological Agendas (1920-1940)
20. Education: Becoming "Homo Imperialis" (1910-1940)
21. Manipulation: Conquering Taste (1931-1939)
22. Control: Paris, a Colonial Capital (1931-1939)
23. Imperial Revolution: Vichy’s Colonial Myth (1940-1944)
24. Colonial Economy: Between Propaganda Myths and Economic Reality (1940-1955)
25. French Unity: The Dream of a United France (1946

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