The French Imperial Nation-state: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars by Gary WilderThe French Imperial Nation-state: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars by Gary Wilder

The French Imperial Nation-state: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars

byGary Wilder

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France experienced a period of crisis following World War I when the relationship between the nation and its colonies became a subject of public debate. The French Imperial Nation-State focuses on two intersecting movements that redefined imperial politics—colonial humanism led by administrative reformers in West Africa and the Paris-based Negritude project, comprising African and Caribbean elites.

Gary Wilder develops a sophisticated account of the contradictory character of colonial government and examines the cultural nationalism of Negritude as a multifaceted movement rooted in an alternative black public sphere. He argues that interwar France must be understood as an imperial nation-state—an integrated sociopolitical system that linked a parliamentary republic to an administrative empire. An interdisciplinary study of colonial modernity combining French history, colonial studies, and social theory, The French Imperial Nation-State will compel readers to revise conventional assumptions about the distinctions between republicanism and racism, metropolitan and colonial societies, and national and transnational processes.
Gary Wilder is associate professor of history at Pomona College.
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Title:The French Imperial Nation-state: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World WarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:December 1, 2005Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226897684

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part 1: The Imperial Nation-State
1. Introduction: Working through the Imperial Nation-State
2. Framing Greater France: A Real Abstraction
Part 2: Colonial Humanism
3. Toward a New Colonial Rationality: Welfare, Science, Administration
4. A Doubled and Contradictory Form of Government
5. Temporality, Nationality, Citizenship
Part 3: African Humanism
6. Negritude I: Practicing Citizenship in Imperial Paris
7. Negritude II: Cultural Nationalism
8. Negritude III: Critique of (Colonial) Reason
Conclusion: Legacies of the Imperial Nation-State
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Wilder's careful and thorough analysis of the long-term development of the French welfare state as well as its subsidiary colonial administration . . . is a must-read. . . . A boon for anyone whose knowledge of France and its colonies comes laargely from film and literature that were generated by the colonized."