France's Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale - After the Empire: The Francophone World & Postcolonial France (Hardback)
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France's Lost Empires: Fragmentation, Nostalgia, and la fracture coloniale - After the Empire: The Francophone World & Postcolonial France (Hardback)

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Hardback 202 Pages / Published: 28/12/2010
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This collection of essays investigates the fundamental role that the loss of colonial territories at the end of the Ancient Regime and post-World War II has played in shaping French memories and colonial discourses. In identifying loss and nostalgia as key tropes in cultural representations, these essays call for a re-evaluation of French colonialism as a discourse informed not just by narratives of conquest, but equally by its histories of defeat.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739148839
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 17 mm


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This excellent collection of essays on the aftermath of the loss of Empire makes a significant contribution to the scholarship on post-colonial memory and nostalgia. Covering the period from the collapse of the first French colonial empire to the end of the second, it is essential reading for scholars, students and anyone interested in the cultural, intellectual and political legacies of France's imperial past. -- Patricia Lorcin, University of Minnesota
This volume constitutes an important contribution to a more complex understanding of the evolution of French colonialism from the 18th to the 20th century. Through its focus on fracture, loss and nostalgia, the text reveals how earlier waves of colonialism inspired colonial actors and ideologues in later centuries. In particular, Kate Marsh's introduction provides a brilliant overview of the issues at stake in developing greater historical awareness within the field of Francophone postcolonial studies. -- David Murphy, University of Stirling
This book captures a real intellectual exchange between scholars from several continents, with diverse chronological, national, linguistic, and disciplinary interests. The articles engage with each other and thus make visible how thinking with "Lost India" crystallizes certain common themes and upends some problematic commonplaces in postcolonial studies. The authors explore "infelicitous" chronologies; forgetting and memory; the intersections between territorial holdings and imaginary maps; and the extra-European as foundational for thinking intra-European conflicts. They all highlight how crossing boundaries-between British, French, and Mughal empires; "early modern" and "modern" histories-allows for new thinking. This, then, is a book about "French India"-where actual colonialism always references lost hopes and persistent yet out of reach possibilities-that will allow scholars to see that the time has come to resituate French colonial histories in larger contexts, what Kate Marsh identifies as "global concerns." -- Todd Shepard, Johns Hopkins University
Those interested in particular areas of the French empire, or the general phenomenon of the place of colonialism in French society and culture, will find valuable essays here to attract them. * H-France Review *
This original contribution to postcolonial studies offers several articles that will be of interest to specialists and generalists alike. * Oxford Journals *

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