Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Hardback)Saliha Belmessous (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 528 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 20 mm
an informative, valuable work. The geographical and chronological range of its inquiry is impressive, and each case is investigated in considerable depth, with evidence drawn from a plenitude of primary and secondary sources. Moreover, Belmessous has much to say that is fresh and illuminating about French and British policies toward indigenous peoples. * American Historical Review *
Belmessous posits original and stimulating new directions for the field ... Belmessous has certainly opened up a fascinating strand of enquiry. * Australian Historical Studies *
Belmessous has opened up new avenues for future research. Although by no means complete, Belmessous certainly succeeds in her aim to present the history of assimilation as a singular history', underscored especially through the carefully crafted connections and comparisons across the different sections of this wide-ranging work. The multiple perspectives and methodologies employed in this study, as well as its longue duree approach, underscore the originality of this book and its important contribution to our historical knowledge. Furthermore, the insightful discussion of the resilience of assimilation in contemporary Australia, Algeria and France means that the resonance of Belmessouss work goes beyond the study of the past to the present day. * Joanna Warson, Modern and Contemporary France *
Assimilation and Empire makes a very useful contribution to the literature on uniformity and difference in colonial contexts and will be thought provoking for specialists in any one of the three areas or periods covered. The succinct and accessible contextualization of each case study will also ensure its appeal to general audiences. * Natalya Vince, History *
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