French Colonial Empire and the Popular Front: Hope and Disillusion

French Colonial Empire and the Popular Front: Hope and Disillusion


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In revisiting the Popular Front some sixty years on, this book explores the link between metropolitan France and the empire at a defining moment in their history. One of the most significant events of the twentieth century is the end of empire, yet the importance of the empire in shaping contemporary France has traditionally been ignored by historians. By extending our perspective to empire, this book widens our understanding of the Popular Front experience and shows that it represents an important watershed in French history, marking the beginning of an irreversible process of reform that was ultimately to lead to decolonisation and the end of empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333729731
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/22/1999
Edition description: 1999
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

MICHEL BROT Teaches at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence and member, Institut d'Histoire Comparée des Civilisations, Université de Provence
ALEJANDRO COLAS PhD candidate, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
CATHERINE COQUERY-VIDROVITCH Professeur d'Histoire Contemporaine de l'Afrique, Université de Paris VII and Director of the research group 'Dynamiques comparées des sociétés en Développement'
GILLES DE GANTES agrégé d'histoire
JOHN HARGREAVES Emeritus Professor of History, University of Aberdeen
JEAN KOUFAN Lecturer in History, University of Yaoundé, Cameroon
DON LACOSS Department of History, University of Michigan
GHISLAINE LYDON Graduate Assistant, Department of History, Michigan State University
PANIVONG NORINDR Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MARTIN SHIPWAY Lecturer in Twentieth Century French Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
GARY WILDER Teaches Modern European History at Pomona College

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Glossary Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: THEORY AND BACKGROUND The Politics of Failure: Historicizing Popular Front Colonial Policy in French West Africa; G.Wilder Reforming Reformatory Technologies: the Example of New Caledonia; D.LaCoss The Africanist International and the Popular Front; J.Hargreaves The Popular Front and Internationalism: The Tunisian Case in Comparative Perspective; A.Col Protectorate, Association, Reformism: the Roots of the Popular Front's Republican Policy in Indochina; Gant Reformism and the French 'Official Mind': the 1944 Brazzaville Conference and the Legacy of the Popular Front; M.Shipway PART II: DIVERSITY OF OUTCOMES The Popular Front and the Colonial Question, French West Africa: an Example of Reformist Colonialism; C.Coquery-Vidrovitch Women, Children and the Popular Front's Missions of Enquiry in French West Africa; G.Lydon Did the Popular Front have any Significant Impact in Guin ; M.Brot Socialism in the Colonies: Cameroon under the Popular Front; J.Koufan Algeria: the Popular Front and the Blum-Viollette Plan, 1936-7; F.Tostain The Popular Front's Colonial Policies in Indochina: Reassessing the Popular Front's 'Colonisation Altruiste'; P.Norindr Bibliography Index List of Figures

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