A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930

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This book addresses a central but often ignored question in the history of modern France and modern colonialism: How did the Third Republic, highly regarded for its professed democratic values, allow itself to be seduced by the insidious and persistent appeal of a "civilizing" ideology with distinct racist overtones? By focusing on a particular group of colonial officials in a specific setting--the governors general of French West Africa from 1895 to 1930--the author argues that the ideal of a special civilizing mission had ...

A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 2000, Stanford University Press

ISBN-13: 9780804740128

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A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 1997, Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA

ISBN-13: 9780804729994

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