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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 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.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
France -- Colonies -- Africa -- 20th century.
France -- Colonies -- America -- 20th century.
Nationalism -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Nationalism -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 20th century.
Africans -- France
Blacks -- Race identity -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Blacks -- Race identity -- Caribbean Area -- History -- 20th century.
France -- Ethnic relations.
Blacks -- France.