Colonial Conscripts: The Tirailleurs Senegalais in French West Africa, 1857-1960 / Edition 1

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Overview

In Colonial Conscripts, Myron Echenberg traces the social history of a large and diverse group of West Africans who served in Senegalese regiments of the French colonial army. Examining both how the soldiers and veterans lived out their lives in service and how the military institution functioned, Dr Echenberg also reviews the African military within a framework bounded by such issues as labor, migration, and demography. The main focus is on how rank-and-file African soldiers, officers, and veterans responded to their ambiguous and often contradictory position within the colonial social formation.

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“Colonial Conscripts sets a new standard for African historical analysis, one which shows how military history can be effectively used to understand other critical aspects of African and colonial society.”–from the Herskovits Award citation
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435080525
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/7/1990
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Myron Echenberg is an associate professor at McGill University, where he teaches African history. He was for several years the co-editor of the Canadian Journal of African Studies and has published numerous articles dealing with French-speaking West Africa. His Colonial Conscripts: the Tirailleurs Senegalais in French West Africa, 1857-1960 won the Herskovits Award of the African Studies Association for the outstanding original scholarly work published during 1991.
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Table of Contents

Four Tirailleur Armies

Slaves into Soldiers

The Tirailleurs Senegalais and the First World War

Military Conscription in Theory and Practice

Consequences of Conscription: Military Migration

"Morts Pour la France": The Tirailleurs Senegalais and the Second World War

The New Army, 1945-1960

French West African Veterans, 1945-1960

Veterans and French West African Politics, 1945-1960

Epilogue: Collective Memory and the African Military

Appendix

Maps

Photographs

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