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By Alice Conklin

ISBN-10: 0804729999

ISBN-13: 9780804729994

ISBN-10: 0804740127

ISBN-13: 9780804740128

This e-book addresses a imperative yet usually missed query within the heritage of contemporary France and smooth colonialism: How did the 3rd Republic, extremely popular for its professed democratic values, let itself to be seduced through the insidious and chronic allure of a “civilizing” ideology with specific racist overtones? by means of targeting a specific team of colonial officers in a selected setting―the governors basic of French West Africa from 1895 to 1930―the writer argues that the best of a different civilizing project had a decisive influence on colonial policymaking and at the evolution of contemporary French republicanism generally.
French principles of civilization―simultaneously republican, racist, and modern―encouraged the governors basic within the 1890’s to assault such “feudal” African associations as aristocratic rule and slavery in ways in which referred again to France’s personal event of progressive switch. sarcastically, neighborhood directors within the 1920’s additionally invoked those similar rules to justify such reactionary guidelines because the reintroduction of pressured hard work, arguing that coercion, which inculcated a piece ethic within the “lazy” African, legitimized his lack of freedom. via always invoking the tips of “civilization,” colonial coverage makers in Dakar and Paris controlled to vague the elemental contradictions among “the rights of guy” assured in a republican democracy and the forcible acquisition of an empire that violates these rights.
In probing the “republican” size of French colonization in West Africa, this booklet additionally sheds new mild at the evolution of the 3rd Republic among 1895 and 1930. one of many author’s critical arguments is that the belief of a civilized venture underwent dramatic adjustments, as a result of ideological, political, and monetary modifications taking place at the same time in France and its colonies. for instance, revolts in West Africa in addition to a extra conservative weather within the metropole after international battle I produced within the governors common a brand new recognize for “feudal” chiefs, whom the French as soon as despised yet now reinstated as a way of keep an eye on. This discovery of an African “tradition” in flip bolstered a reassertion of conventional values in France because the 3rd Republic struggled to recapture the realm it had “lost” at Verdun.

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