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Paradise destroyed : catastrophe and citizenship in the French Caribbean

Author: Christopher M Church
Publisher: Lincoln ; London : University of Nebraska Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: France overseas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over a span of thirty years in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe endured natural catastrophes from all the elements--earth, wind, fire, and water--as well as a collapsing sugar industry, civil unrest, and political intrigue. These disasters thrust a long history of societal and economic inequities into the public sphere as officials and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher M Church
ISBN: 9780803290990 0803290993
OCLC Number: 1013893961
Description: xii, 308 pages : illustrations, maps, charts ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: colonialism, catastrophe, and national integration --
French race, tropical space: the French Caribbean during the Third Republic --
The language of citizenship: compatriotism and the great Antillean fires of 1890 --
The calculus of disaster: sugar and the hurricane of 18 August 1890 --
The political summation: incendiarism, civil unrest, and legislative catastrophe at the turn of the century --
Marianne decapitated: the 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée --
Epilogue: national identity and integration after the First World War.
Series Title: France overseas.
Other Titles: Catastrophe and citizenship in the French Caribbean
Responsibility: Christopher M. Church.

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