Histoire & culture coloniale

Colonial Culture in France Since the Revolution

Colonial Culture in France Since the Revolution Sous la direction de Nicolas Bancel, Pascal Blanchard, Sandrine Lemaire et Dominic Thomas

Sous la direction de Nicolas Bancel, Pascal Blanchard, Sandrine Lemaire et Dominic Thomas

592 pages

This landmark collection by an international group of scholars and public intellectuals represents a major reassessment of French colonial culture and how it continues to inform thinking about history, memory, and identity. This reexamination of French colonial culture provides the basis for a revised understanding of its cultural, political, and social legacy and its lasting impact on postcolonial immigration, the treatment of ethnic minorities, and national identity. 



Introduction: The Creation of a Colonial Culture in France, from the Colonial Era to the "Memory Wars"

Part I. The Creation of a Colonial Culture - Foreword: French Colonization: an Inaudible History 

  • Anti-Slavery, Abolitionism, and Abolition in France from the End of the Eighteenth Century to the 1840s
  • Milestones in Colonial Culture under the Second Empire (1851-1870)
  • Exhibitions, Expositions, Media Coverage, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
  • Science, Scientists, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
  • Literature, Song, and the Colonies (1900-1920)
  • Entertainment, Theater, and the Colonies (1870-1914)
  • School, Pedagogy, and Colonies (1870-1914)
  • Dying: the Call of the Empire (1913-1918)

Part II. Conquering Public Opinion - Foreword: History's Mark (1931-1961)

  • Dreaming: the Fatal Attraction of Colonial Cinema (1920-1950)
  • Spreading the Word: the Agence Générale des Colonies (1920-1931)
  • To Civilize: the Invention of the Native (1918-1940)
  • Selling the Colonial Economic Myth (1900-1940
  • The Athletic Exception: Black Champions and Colonial Culture (1900-1939)
  • The Colonial Bath: Sources of Popular Colonial Culture (1918-1931)
  • The Colonial Exposition (1931)
  • National Unity: the Right and Left "Meet" around the Colonial Exposition (1931)

Part III. The Apogee of Imperialism - Foreword: Images of an Empire's Demise

  • Colonizing, Educating, Guiding: A Republican Duty
  • Promotion: Creating the Colonial (1930-1940)
  • Influence: Cultural and Ideological Agendas (1920-1940)
  • Education: Becoming "Homo Imperialis" (1910-1940)
  • Manipulation: Conquering Taste (1931-1939)
  • Control: Paris, a Colonial Capital (1931-1939)
  • Imperial Revolution: Vichy's Colonial Myth (1940-1944)
  • Colonial Economy: Between Propaganda Myths and Economic Reality (1940-1955)
  • French Unity: The Dream of a United France (1946-1960)

Part IV. Toward the Postcolony - Foreword: Moussa the African's Blues

  • Decolonizing France: the "Indochinese Syndrome" (1946-1954)
  • Immigration: the Emergence of an African Elite in the Metropole (1946-1961)
  • Immigration: North Africans Settle in the Metropole (1946-1961) 
  • Crime: Colonial Violence in the Metropole (1954-1961)
  • Modernism, Colonialism, and Cultural Hybridity
  • The Meanders of Colonial Memory - 32. The Impossible Revision of France's History (1968-2006)
  • National History and Colonial History: Parallel Histories (1961-2006)
  • The Illusion of Decolonization (1956-2006)
  • The Impossible Colonial Museum

Part V. The Time of Inheritance - Foreword: The Age of Contempt, or the Legitimization of France's Civilizing Mission

  • Trouble in the Republic: Disturbing Memories, Forgotten Territories
  • Competition between Victims
  • The Army and the Construction of Immigration as a Threat (1961-2006)
  • Postcolonial Culture in the Army and the Memory of Overseas Combatants (1961-2006)
  • Republican Integration: Reflections on a Postcolonial Issue (1961-2006)
  • Colonial Influences and Tropes in the Field of Literature
  • From Colonial History to the Banlieues (1961-2006)
  • Can We Speak of A Postcolonial Racism? (1961-2006)
  • From Colonial Stereotypes to the Postcolonial Gaze: the Need for an Evolution of the Imaginary
  • Post-Colonial Cinema, Song, and Literature: Continuity or Change? (1961-2006)
  • Ethnic Tourism: Symbolic Reconquest? (1961-2006)
  • Francophonie and Universality: the Evolution of Two Entangled Ideas (1961-2006)Bibliography - Contributors