The End of Empire in French West Africa
France's Successful Decolonization
By (author) Tony Chafer
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End of Empire in French West Africa by Tony Chafer
Book DescriptionIn an effort to restore its world-power status after the humiliation of defeat and occupation, France was eager to maintain its overseas empire at the end of the Second World War. Yet just fifteen years later France had decolonized, and by 1960 only a few small island territories remained under French control.The process of decolonization in Indochina and Algeria has been widely studied, but much less has been written about decolonization in France's largest colony, French West Africa. Here, the French approach was regarded as exemplary -- that is, a smooth transition successfully managed by well intentioned French politicians and enlightened African leaders. Overturning this received wisdom, Chafer argues that the rapid unfurling of events after the Second World War was a complex , piecemeal and unpredictable process, resulting in a 'successful decolonization' that was achieved largely by accident. At independence, the winners assumed the reins of political power, while the losers were often repressed, imprisoned or silenced.This important book challenges the traditional dichotomy between 'imperial' and 'colonial' history and will be of interest to students of imperial and French history, politics and international relations, development and post-colonial studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859735527
(216mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tony Chafer
Francophone Africa at Fifty, Hardback (November 2013)
Explores the complexities of France's role in Africa over the past century
From Rivalry to Partnership?, Hardback (July 2011)
Evaluates the significance and strength of the emerging Anglo-French partnership and explores how far this and other forms of 'bilateral' and 'bi-multi' cooperation might serve as an alternative or complement to traditional unilateral and multilateral approaches in Africa.
End of the French Exception?, Hardback (May 2010)» View all books by Tony Chafer
Analyzes the notion of the French exception and the ways in which it has informed both academic analysis and political commentary on France today. Adopting a comparative and interdisciplinary approach it examines the resilience of the notion of French exceptionalism and evaluates its relevance in a changing domestic and global context.
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Author Biography - Tony Chafer
Tony Chafer Principal Lecturer in French and African Studies,University of Portsmouth
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