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Children of the French Empire

Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa 1895-1960



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Children of the French Empire by Owen White

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'Breaks new ground... This excellent book will be of interest to both historians of France and colonial historians. It offers a fascinating insight into the human relations of colonialism and, in so doing, obliges us to abandon the easy distinctions and dichotomies between colonizer and colonized which have been a frequent feature of writing about colonialism.' -French History 'There are few good anglophone studies of the French colonial experience. White's monograph is therefore a valuable source of insight into the distinctive nature of French interactions with indigenous subject peoples. It is all the more welcome because the author writes with sensitivity and verve about matters which might in other hands have been reduced to sub-Foucaldian platitudes.' -Susan Bayly, Times Literary Supplement 'This is a first-rate contribution to the study of colonialism.' -Susan Bayly, Times Literary Supplement 'Children of the French Empire provides a very useful prism through which to view the French imperial system and its culture. This book is a 'must' for anyone interested in understanding both.' - Journal of African History, Vol.42 'An important contribution to current debates over competing philosophies of French colonial governance and the all-to-frequent chasm between high-minded theory and less impressive practice.' - English Historical ReviewThis book vividly recreates the lives and identities of the children born of relationships between French men and African women in colonial French West Africa. The book shows how colonial policies and attitudes influenced the lives of this mixed-race population, and analyses their responses to living in a racially divided society.
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February 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Clarendon Press
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