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The French Encounter with Africans

By William B. Cohen
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  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Isbn : 9780253003058
  • Pages : 382
  • Category : History
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"As French and American historians of France are revisiting the history of French racism today, William B. Cohen's book is more important than ever. It has become a classic." -- Nancy L. Green In this pioneering work, William B. Cohen traces the ways in which negative attitudes toward blacks became deeply embedded in French culture. Examining the forces that shaped these views, Cohen reveals the persistent inequality of French interactions with blacks in Africa, in the slave colonies of the West Indies, and in France itself. Now a classic, The French Encounter with Africans is essential reading for anyone engaged in current discussions of European relations with non-Europeans and with issues of racism, ethnicity, identity, colonialism, and empire.

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  • Publisher : Routledge
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  • Publisher : Routledge
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
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  • Pages : 592
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  • Publisher : Springer
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  • Publisher : Duke University Press
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  • Pages : 430
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This book investigates how French Romanticism was shaped by and contributed to colonial discourses of race. It studies the ways in which metropolitan Romantic novels—that is, novels by French authors such as Victor Hugo, George Sand, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, François René de Chateaubriand, Claire de Duras, and Prosper Mérimée—comprehend and construct colonized peoples, fashion French identity in the context of colonialism, and record the encounter between Europeans and non-Europeans. While the primary texts that come under investigation in the book are novels, close attention is paid to Romantic fiction’s interdependence with naturalist treatises, travel writing, abolitionist texts, and ethnographies. Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination is one of the first books to carry out a sustained and comprehensive analysis of the French Romantic novel’s racial imagination that encompasses several sites of colonial contact: the Indian Ocean, North America, the Caribbean, West Africa, and France. Its archival research and interdisciplinary approach shed new light on canonical texts and expose the reader to non-canonical ones. The book will be useful to students and academics involved with Romanticism, colonial historians, students and scholars of transatlantic studies and postcolonial studies, as well as those interested in questions of race and colonialism.

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By Eric Martone
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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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  • Pages : 200
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Nineteenth-century writer Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, has been a controversial part of the French patrimony, and faced various forms of racial prejudice in France because of his biracial ancestry and due to being a descendant of a slave. During the late nineteenth century, the rise of scientific racism and aggressive European imperialism resulted in worldviews supporting European superiority and equated “European” with being “white.” Such developments complicated perceptions of Dumas as part of the French patrimony. French intellectuals and politicians from the late nineteenth-century onward created their own imaginative visions of what Dumas had represented in order to employ them ideologically to support or counter prevailing mainstream views of French history and identity. This collection traces the evolution of Dumas’s legacy as a controversial symbol of France since 1870, as the nation has struggled to deal with colonialism and its aftermath, and increased diversity and globalization.

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By Ian Coller
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Isbn : 0520947541
  • Pages : 304
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Many think of Muslims in Europe as a twentieth century phenomenon, but this book brings to life a lost community of Arabs who lived through war, revolution, and empire in early nineteenth century France. Ian Coller uncovers the surprising story of the several hundred men, women, and children—Egyptians, Syrians, Greeks, and others—who followed the French army back home after Napoleon’s occupation of Egypt. Based on research in neglected archives, on the rediscovery of forgotten Franco-Arab authors, and on a diverse collection of visual materials, the book builds a rich picture of the first Arab France—its birth, rise, and sudden decline in the age of colonial expansion. As he excavates a community that was nearly erased from the historical record, Coller offers a new account of France itself in this pivotal period, one that transcends the binary framework through which we too often view history by revealing the deep roots of exchange between Europe and the Muslim world, and showing how Arab France was in fact integral to the dawn of modernity.

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  • Publisher : Clarendon Press
  • Isbn : 0191589896
  • Pages : 210
  • Category : History
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This book vividly recreates the lives of the children born of relationships between French men and African women from the time France colonized much of West Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century, until independence in 1960. Set within the context of the history of miscegenation in colonial French West Africa, the study focuses upon the lives and identities of the resulting mixed-race or métis population, and their struggle to overcome the handicaps they faced in a racially divided society. Owen White has drawn a valuable evaluation of the impact and importance of French racial theories, and offers a critical discussion of colonial policies in such areas as citizenship and education, providing original insights into problems of identity in colonial society.

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By Chuck Clowdis
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1664173420
  • Pages : 376
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Naval Commander Cort Sanford returns to the US after a mission in France that saw his wife, Julie, brutally murdered by a ruthless double agent, a former lover who is on a personal vendetta to settle a grudge. Cort returns home to try to forget the pain he suffers from the loss of his beloved wife and to honor their promise to grieve only briefly and then move on, should one depart life first. But he only finds himself pursued by the ruthless, vindictive, and sadistic Anna Karina Shastapova, a.k.a. Annabelle Lee, who will stop at nothing to have her revenge. Cort, with friends and associates from the French encounter at the Château de Candé, find themselves in a cat and mouse game with Anna—a game that takes them from Lexington, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina, and then to the dramatic events at a rendezvous at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Twists and turns along with many surprises fill this story, with eclectic characters and a stunningly surprising ending, Readers should brace for an interesting, suspense-filled, and timely adventure.

A Plateful of French Fries

By Rumble Belly
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  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Isbn : 1639574042
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 399
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True to its title, A Plateful of French Fries, a collection of engrossing stories both short and long, is tempting and delicious. With a keen eye, dry humour and measured writing style, the stories bring to life the characters and situations that both town and city-bred English readers in India can easily recognise and identify with. A treat served up hot and crisp for story lovers. - Tara Murali, an architect with keen reading interests. Ram Mohan’s stories offer a range of life experiences, from chance encounters in local trains to the dark underbelly of commercial espionage in the Big Apple, to extra-terrestrial visits and mystical time travel. Written in a simple, approachable manner, reading his work is a bit like having a free-wheeling conversation with a good friend over a drink on a particularly leisurely evening, with all time-bound routine and daily demands having been set aside. - Ranjitha Ashok, Author and columnist, Chennai ‘It is an eclectic collection of 'long' short stories and novellas. Almost all these stories exude positivity, intelligent hard-working individuals beat adverse odds with helpful patrons intervening at crucial junctures. Most importantly, these stories are all eminently easy reads and as in real life, the endings are often left unsaid, leaving the readers to speculate about.’ - T R Rajan, IIMA 1968 and professional management consultant thereafter

Integrating Islam

By Jonathan Laurence,Justin Vaïsse
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  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Isbn : 0815751524
  • Pages : 342
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 952
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Nearly five million Muslims call France home, the vast majority from former French colonies in North Africa. While France has successfully integrated waves of immigrants in the past, this new influx poses a new variety of challenges—much as it does in neighboring European countries. Alarmists view the growing role of Muslims in French society as a form of "reverse colonization"; they believe Muslim political and religious networks seek to undermine European rule of law or that fundamentalists are creating a society entirely separate from the mainstream. Integrating Islam portrays the more complex reality of integration's successes and failures in French politics and society. From intermarriage rates to economic indicators, the authors paint a comprehensive portrait of Muslims in France. Using original research, they devote special attention to the policies developed by successive French governments to encourage integration and discourage extremism. Because of the size of its Muslim population and its universalistic definition of citizenship, France is an especially good test case for the encounter of Islam and the West. Despite serious and sometimes spectacular problems, the authors see a "French Islam" slowly replacing "Islam in France"–in other words, the emergence of a religion and a culture that feels at home in, and is largely at peace with, its host society. Integrating Islam provides readers with a comprehensive view of the state of Muslim integration into French society that cannot be found anywhere else. It is essential reading for students of French politics and those studying the interaction of Islam and the West, as well as the general public.

Henri Bertin and the Representation of China in Eighteenth-Century France

By John Finlay
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1315467356
  • Pages : 178
  • Category : Art
  • Reads : 453
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This is an in-depth study of the intellectual, technical, and artistic encounters between Europe and China in the late eighteenth century, focusing on the purposeful acquisition of information and images that characterized a direct engagement with the idea of "China." The central figure in this story is Henri-Léonard Bertin (1720–1792), who served as a minister of state under Louis XV and, briefly, Louis XVI. Both his official position and personal passion for all things Chinese placed him at the center of intersecting networks of like-minded individuals who shared his ideal vision of China as a nation from which France had much to learn. John Finlay examines a fascinating episode in the rich history of cross-cultural exchange between China and Europe in the early modern period, and this book will be an important and timely contribution to a very current discussion about Sino-French cultural relations. This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, visual culture, European and Chinese history.

Essays on the French Revolution

By Elisabeth A.. Cawthon,Steven G. Reinhardt,Elisabeth A. Cawthon
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  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Isbn : 9780890964989
  • Pages : 130
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 108
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Clarke Garrett examines the differing responses of Catholics and Protestants and the resulting disturbances. Roderick Phillips describes the wide variation in provincial response to the revolutionary assembly's family reform measures. He traces the different reactions of urban and rural residents to such legal measures as liberalization of divorces, secularization of birth, death, and marriage registrations, and inheritance reform. Peasants in central France were already engaged in total revolution when Joseph Fouche arrived there in late 1793. Nancy Fitch argues that Fouche was formed by his encounter with indigenous peasant radicalism as much as the peasants were influenced by his rhetoric of a new political culture. Donald Sutherland, summarizing scholarly debate on the subject, argues that, in the final analysis, the Revolution itself was tragically and profoundly alien to many French men and women in 1789.

The Black Populations of France

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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Isbn : 1496229983
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  • Reads : 668
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The Colonial Counter-Revolution

By Sadri Khiari
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Isbn : 1635901472
  • Pages : 264
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 130
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How and when American-style slavery created the racial system, not just in the United States but internationally. "We see the hatred we elicit, Islamophobia, Negrophobia; we see police numbers increase, repression spread, mechanisms of control and surveillance strengthened, structures of corruption and cronyism flourish, and bodies of institutionalization, integration, and supervision develop, but we do not see the cause, or one of the causes, which is none other than the threat that we now pose to the white order." --from The Colonial Counter-Revolution Just as Capital produced classes and patriarchy produced genders, colonialism produced race. In The Colonial Counter-Revolution, Sadri Khiari outlines how and when American-style slavery created the racial system, not just in the United States but internationally, and why the development of relationships of equality within the white community favored the crystallization of specifically racial social relations. More than just a response to the dialogue, debate, and trauma of immigration today, this book looks beyond the right/left dichotomy of the issue in politics to the more fundamental political existence of immigrants and Blacks, who must exist politically if they are to exist whatsoever. Race is not biological: race is political. And it is the manifestation of the colonial counter-revolution. In France, that counter-revolution started with General de Gaulle, and continues today, where the anti-colonialist fight of Palestinian Arabs and the anti-racist fight of Arabs and blacks in France have the same adversary: white Western domination.

The Last Duel

By Eric Jager
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Isbn : 0767919610
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 193
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • “A taut page-turner with all the hallmarks of a good historical thriller.”—Orlando Sentinel The gripping true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife’s honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime In the midst of the devastating Hundred Years’ War between France and England, Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight fresh from combat in Scotland, returns home to yet another deadly threat. His wife, Marguerite, has accused squire Jacques Le Gris of rape. A deadlocked court decrees a trial by combat between the two men that will also leave Marguerite’s fate in the balance. For if her husband loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser. While enemy troops pillage the land, and rebellion and plague threaten the lives of all, Carrouges and Le Gris meet in full armor on a walled field in Paris. What follows is the final duel ever authorized by the Parlement of Paris, a fierce fight with lance, sword, and dagger before a massive crowd that includes the teenage King Charles VI, during which both combatants are wounded—but only one fatally. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings to life a colorful, turbulent age and three unforgettable characters caught in a fatal triangle of crime, scandal, and revenge. The Last Duel is at once a moving human drama, a captivating true crime story, and an engrossing work of historical intrigue with themes that echo powerfully centuries later.

Historical Dictionary of France

By Gino Raymond
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Isbn : 9780810862562
  • Pages : 528
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 887
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From the construction of Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower to the Fall of the Bastille and the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen to NapolZon Bonaparte's defeat at Waterloo to Albert Camus' L'Etranger and the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, France has been a part of some of the greatest and most memorable events in human history. Author Gino Raymond relates the history of these events in the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of France. Through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on kings, politicians, authors, architects, composers, artists, and philosophers, a thorough history of France is presented.

France and the American Tropics to 1700

By Philip P. Boucher
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  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press+ORM
  • Isbn : 1421402025
  • Pages : 478
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 617
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“An important addition to the literature on Caribbean history and colonial societies in the 17th century.” —Choice Traditionally, the story of the Greater Caribbean has been dominated by the narrative of Iberian hegemony, British colonization, the plantation regime, and the Haitian Revolution of the eighteenth century. Relatively little is known about the society and culture of this region—and particularly France’s role in them—in the two centuries prior to the rise of the plantation complex of the eighteenth century. Here, historian Philip P. Boucher offers the first comprehensive account of colonization and French society in the Caribbean. Boucher’s analysis contrasts the structure and character of the French colonies with that of other colonial empires. Describing the geography, topography, climate, and flora and fauna of the region, Boucher recreates the tropical environment in which colonists and indigenous peoples interacted. He then examines the lives and activities of the region’s inhabitants—the indigenous Island Caribs, landowning settlers, indentured servants, African slaves, and people of mixed blood, the gens de couleur. He argues that the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were not merely a prelude to the classic plantation regime model. Rather, they were an era presenting a variety of possible outcomes. This original narrative demonstrates that the transition to sugar and the plantation complex was more gradual in the French properties than generally depicted—and that it was not inevitable.

The Jews of Modern France

By Paula E. Hyman
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Isbn : 9780520919297
  • Pages : 278
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 775
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The Jews of Modern France explores the endlessly complex encounter of France and its Jews from just before the Revolution to the eve of the twenty-first century. In the late eighteenth century, some forty thousand Jews lived in scattered communities on the peripheries of the French state, not considered French by others or by themselves. Two hundred years later, in 1989, France celebrated the anniversary of the Revolution with the largest, most vital Jewish population in western and central Europe. Paula Hyman looks closely at the period that began when France's Jews were offered citizenship during the Revolution. She shows how they and succeeding generations embraced the opportunities of integration and acculturation, redefined their identities, adapted their Judaism to the pragmatic and ideological demands of the time, and participated fully in French culture and politics. Within this same period, Jews in France fell victim to a secular political antisemitism that mocked the gains of emancipation, culminating first in the Dreyfus Affair and later in the murder of one-fourth of them in the Holocaust. Yet up to the present day, through successive waves of immigration, Jews have asserted the compatibility of their French identity with various versions of Jewish particularity, including Zionism. This remarkable view in microcosm of the modern Jewish experience will interest general readers and scholars alike.