Race And War In France: Colonial Subjects In The French Army, 1914-1918 by Richard FogartyRace And War In France: Colonial Subjects In The French Army, 1914-1918 by Richard Fogarty

Race And War In France: Colonial Subjects In The French Army, 1914-1918

byRichard Fogarty

Paperback | December 5, 2012

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During the First World War, the French army deployed more than 500,000 colonial subjects to European battlefields. The struggle against a common enemy associated these soldiers with the French nation, but racial and cultural differences left them on the outside. This study investigates French conceptions of race and national identity at the time as reflected in the attitudes and policies directed toward these soldiers.

How far did French egalitarianism extend in welcoming and disciplining nonwhite troops? Using the experiences of African and Asian colonial soldiers, Richard S. Fogarty examines how tensions between racial prejudices and strong traditions of republican universalism and egalitarianism resulted in often contradictory and paradoxical policies. Employing a socially and culturally integrated approach to the history of warfare that connects military and political policies with the society and culture in which they developed, Fogarty presents a fresh picture of how the French came to deal with race relations, religious differences, and French identity itself.

Richard S. Fogarty is an associate professor of history at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
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Title:Race And War In France: Colonial Subjects In The French Army, 1914-1918Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.03 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.03 inPublished:December 5, 2012Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1421407663

ISBN - 13:9781421407661

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Fogarty provides readers with a solid review of the challenges of war, human rights, and colonialism in a very readable and well-documented book.