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By Kate Marsh,Nicola Frith,Emile Chabal,Olivier Courteaux,Kathryn Dale,Claire Eldridge,Yun Kyoung Kwon,Indra N. Mukhopadhyay,John Strachan,Sophie Watt,Akhila Yechury

France's misplaced Empires brings jointly ten essays that jointly examine the old, cultural, and political legacies of French colonialism and, in particular, the endings of the French empire(s). Combining analyses of 3 "lost" territories (Canada, India, and Saint Dominigue) of the "first" French colonial empire, that of the Ancien Regime, with investigations of the decolonization of the "new" colonies of the "second" French in another country empire (specifically in North Africa), the essays offered the following examine the methods in whicih colonial loss has been absorbed and narrativized inside of French tradition and society, and the way nostalgia for that earlier has performed a basic position in shaping French colonial discourses and thoughts. starting with the Haitian Revolution and its historicization in the course of the 1820s and finishing with an exam of the "postcolonial" republic on the finish of the 20th century, the chronological constitution of the quantity serves to bare the level to which the thoughts of territorial loss were sustained all through French colonial background and stay glaring in present metropolitan representations and stories of empire.
In reading the sturdiness of those tropes of loss and nostalgia, and their significance in shaping France's id as a colonial energy either in the course of and after sessions of colonization, France's misplaced Empires unearths a easy premise: it isn't easily profitable conquest which creates a self-validating colonial discourse; failure can achieve this too. certainly, the pervasive and tenacious nostalgia for prior colonial glories, variously pointed out through the participants to this quantity, means that, for a few, the emotional attachment to France's colonies has no longer waned and remians this present day because it used to be in nineteenth-century France.

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France's Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France) by Kate Marsh,Nicola Frith,Emile Chabal,Olivier Courteaux,Kathryn Dale,Claire Eldridge,Yun Kyoung Kwon,Indra N. Mukhopadhyay,John Strachan,Sophie Watt,Akhila Yechury


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