The French Colonial Mind

TitleThe French Colonial Mind
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsThomas, Martin
Number of Volumes2
Number of Pages423, 440
PublisherUniveristy of Nebraska Press
CityLincoln
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Vol. 1: The French Colonial Mind: Mental Maps of Empire and Colonial Encounters brings together fifteen leading scholars of French colonial history to investigate the origins and outcomes of imperialist ideas among France’s most influential “empire-makers.” Considering French colonial experiences in Africa and Southeast Asia, the authors identify the processes that made Frenchmen and women into ardent imperialists. By focusing on attitudes, presumptions, and prejudices, these essays connect the derivation of ideas about empire, colonized peoples, and concepts of civilization with the forms and practices of French imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contributors to The French Colonial Mind place the formation and the derivation of colonialist thinking at the heart of this history of imperialism.

Vol. 2: The French Colonial Mind: Violence, Military Encounters, and Colonialism examines the many ways in which brutality and killing became central to the French experience and management of empire. The authors engage a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the violence of first colonial encounters to conflicts of decolonization. Each considers not only the forms and extent of colonial violence but also its dire effects on perpetrators and victims. Together, their essays provide the clearest picture yet of the workings of violence in French imperialist thought.

URLhttps://muse.jhu.edu/book/16342
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