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Alice L. Conklin - A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 - 9780804740128 - V9780804740128
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A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930

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Description for A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 Paperback. This text addresses a central question in the history of modern France and modern colonialism: how did the Third Republic, highly regarded for its professed democratic values, allow itself to be seduced by the insidious and persistent appeal of a civilizing ideology with distinct racist overtones? Num Pages: 384 pages, 5 maps. BIC Classification: 1HFD; 3JH; 3JJ; HBJD; HBJH; HBLL; HBLW. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 227 x 155 x 24. Weight in Grams: 538.

This book addresses a central but often ignored question in the history of modern France and modern colonialism: How did the Third Republic, highly regarded for its professed democratic values, allow itself to be seduced by the insidious and persistent appeal of a “civilizing” ideology with distinct racist overtones? By focusing on a particular group of colonial officials in a specific setting—the governors general of French West Africa from 1895 to 1930—the author argues that the ideal of a special civilizing mission had a decisive impact on colonial policymaking and on the evolution of modern French republicanism generally.

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In probing the “republican” dimension of French colonization in West Africa, this book also sheds new light on the evolution of the Third Republic between 1895 and 1930. One of the author’s principal arguments is that the idea of a civilized mission underwent dramatic changes, due to ideological, political, and economic transformations occurring simultaneously in France and its colonies. For example, revolts in West Africa as well as a more conservative climate in the metropole after World War I produced in the governors general a new respect for “feudal” chiefs, whom the French once despised but now reinstated as a means of control. This discovery of an African “tradition” in turn reinforced a reassertion of traditional values in France as the Third Republic struggled to recapture the world it had “lost” at Verdun.

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
2000
Publisher
Stanford University Press United States
Number of pages
384
Condition
New
Number of Pages
384
Place of Publication
Palo Alto, United States
ISBN
9780804740128
SKU
V9780804740128
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About Alice L. Conklin
Alice L. Conklin is Associate Professor of History at the University of Rochester.

Reviews for A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930
"Conklin brilliantly traces the interconnections and linkages between the three critical sites of political, cultural, and ideological interchange in France's civilizing mission in Africa: the imperial center, the colonial edifice sur place in West Africa, and the Africans themselves. This is scholarship that will eventually provoke a significant change in the way modern French history is conceived, researched, and written." ... Read more

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