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A mission to civilize : the republican idea of empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930

Author: Alice L Conklin
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alice L Conklin
ISBN: 0804729999 9780804729994 0804740127 9780804740128
OCLC Number: 36521037
Awards: Berkshire Conference First Book Prize, 1997.
Description: x, 367 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Setting: The Idea of the Civilizing Mission in 1895 and the Creation of the Government General --
2. Public Works and Public Health: Civilization, Technology, and Science (1902-1914) --
3. Forging the Republican Sujet: Schools, Courts, and the Attack on Slavery (1902-1908) --
4. "En faire des hommes": William Ponty and the Pursuit of Moral Progress (1908-1914) --
5. Revolt and Reaction: World War I and Its Consequences (1914-1930) --
6. "Democracy" Reinvented: Civilization Through Association (1914-1930) --
7. Civilization Through Coercion: Human Mise en Valeur in the 1920's.
Responsibility: Alice L. Conklin.
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