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by Tony Chafer




In an effort to restore its world-power status after the humiliation of defeat and occupation, France was eager to maintain its overseas empire at the end of the Second World War. Yet just fifteen years later France had decolonized, and by 1960 only a few small island territories remained under French control.The process of decolonization in Indochina and Algeria has been widely studied, but much less has been written about decolonization in France's largest colony, French West Africa. Here, the French approach was regarded as exemplary -- that is, a smooth transition successfully managed by well intentioned French politicians and enlightened African leaders. Overturning this received wisdom, Chafer argues that the rapid unfurling of events after the Second World War was a complex , piecemeal and unpredictable process, resulting in a 'successful decolonization' that was achieved largely by accident. At independence, the winners assumed the reins of political power, while the losers were often repressed, imprisoned or silenced.This important book challenges the traditional dichotomy between 'imperial' and 'colonial' history and will be of interest to students of imperial and French history, politics and international relations, development and post-colonial studies.
Download The End of Empire in French West Africa: France's Successful Decolonization epub
ISBN: 1859735525
ISBN13: 978-1859735527
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Tony Chafer
Language: English
Publisher: Berg Publishers (June 1, 2002)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1536 kb
FB2 size: 1533 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 970
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Shak
The End of Empire in French West Africa sheds light on a corner of the world and a corner of history which is not well known to the English-Speaking world.

This book explores the different independence movements, the domestic politics of France, and the interplay between Colonial and Metropolitan elites.

This book is easy to read and excellently covers the end of the French Empire across a vast part of Africa.

A great read for all those interested in decolonization.
Iaiastta
This book was way wayyy too long winded. This books repeats itself, then repeats itself again. Too british. Drags on wayyy too much. Just like this review. It was a shame.