French Imperial Nation-state by Gary Wilder
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French Imperial Nation-state
By Gary Wilder

The French Imperial Nation-state

Negritude and Colonial Humanism Between the Two World Wars New edition

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French Imperial Nation-state by Gary Wilder

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France experienced a period of crisis following World War I when the relationship between the nation and its colonies became a subject of fierce public debate. "The French Imperial Nation-State" focuses on two intersecting movements that redefined imperial politics - colonial humanism, led by administrative reformers in West Africa, and the Paris-based Negritude project, comprising African and Caribbean elites. Gary Wilder develops a sophisticated account of the contradictory character of colonial government and examines the cultural nationalism of Negritude as a multifaceted movement rooted in an alternative black public sphere. He argues that interwar France must be understood as an imperial nation-state - an integrated sociopolitical system that linked a parliamentary republic to an administrative empire. An interdisciplinary study of colonial modernity combining French history, colonial studies, and social theory, The French Imperial Nation-State will compel readers to revise conventional assumptions about the distinctions between republicanism and racism, metropolitan and colonial societies, and national and transnational processes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226897684
ISBN-10: 0226897680
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 180mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gary Wilder

Gary Wilder is associate professor of history at Pomona College.

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