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A note on orthography and translation Introduction 1. The setting: the idea of the civilizing mission in 1895 and the creation of the government general 2. Public works and public health: civilization, technology, and science (1902-1914) 3. Forging the republican Sujet: schools, courts, and the attack on slavery (1902-1908) 4. 'En faire des hommes': William Ponty and the pursuit of moral progress (1908-1914) 5. Revolt and reaction: World War I and its consequences (1914-1930) 6. 'Democracy' reinvented: civilization through association (1914-1930) 7. Civilization through coercion: human Mise en Valeur in the 1920s Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index.