French Colonialism Unmasked: The Vichy Years in French West Africa by Ruth GinioFrench Colonialism Unmasked: The Vichy Years in French West Africa by Ruth Ginio

French Colonialism Unmasked: The Vichy Years in French West Africa

byRuth Ginio

Paperback | May 1, 2008

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Before the Vichy regime, there was ostensibly only one France and one form of colonialism for French West Africa (FWA). World War II and the division of France into two ideological camps, each asking for legitimacy from the colonized, opened for Africans numerous unprecedented options.
French Colonialism Unmasked analyzes three dramatic years in the history of FWA, from 1940 to 1943, in which the Vichy regime tried to impose the ideology of the National Revolution in the region. Ruth Ginio shows how this was a watershed period in the history of the region by providing an in-depth examination of the Vichy colonial visions and practices in FWA. She describes the intriguing encounters between the colonial regime and African society along with the responses of different sectors in the African population to the Vichy policy. Although French Colonialism Unmasked focuses on one region within the French Empire, it has relevance to French colonial history in general by providing one of the missing pieces in research on Vichy colonialism.
Ruth Ginio is a research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of articles in International Journal of African Historical Studies, Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine, Cahiers d'etudes africaines, and several other journals.
Title:French Colonialism Unmasked: The Vichy Years in French West AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 6.02 × 0.67 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803217463

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
PART ONE: French West Africa and Its Place in the Vichy Colonial Idea
1. Setting the Stage for Vichy: French West Africa on the Eve of World War II
2. "A Source of Pride and Greatness": The Place of the Empire in Vichy Ideology
PART TWO: The National Revolution in French West Africa
3. Vichy Settles In: Administrative Changes and Continuity
4. Spreading the National Revolution in FWA: Propaganda, Education, and Social Organizations
5. "Thinking Big": Vichy Economic Visions in FWA
PART THREE: Vichy Encounters with African Society
6. Vichy and the "Products" of Assimilation: Citizens, Western-Educated Africans, and African Christians
7. The Vichy Regime and the "Traditional" Elements of African Society: Chiefs, Soldiers, and Muslims
8. Vichy Colonialism and African Society: Change and Continuity
PART FOUR: The Long-Term Significance of the Vichy Period for West African History
9. Vichy Colonialism: A Comparative Perspective
10. Vichy's Postwar Impact: Decolonization in FWA

Editorial Reviews

“One of the strengths of Ginio’s narrative is her use of oral testimony, garnered from contemporary interviews she conducted with Africans who lived through the Vichy years in FWA, to add a personal dimension to the administrative policies she examines. . . . [Ginio] has written a book that will reliably and informatively guide anyone wishing to know more about FWA during the Vichy period.”—Richard S. Fogarty, H-Net Book Reviews/H-French-Colonial - Richard S. Fogarty - H-Net Book Reviews/H-French-Colonial - 20080819